Osteoarthritis of the hip
The classical ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis which is the progressive loss of articular cartilage in the joint, leading to an aching pain during and after activities, and stiffness (difficulty reaching the foot). While not directly inherited, it may have a genetic influence. Repetitive minor injuries from sports which involve twisting and turning such as football and rugby can contribute to the wear over years. Currently this problem is irreversible once it begins, although the symptoms can wax and wane over time, with good and bad spells. Overall the problem usually slowly progresses over the years and eventually can lead to significant disability.