Osteochondral lesions or OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans)
This type of injury most commonly occurs in the talus and ankle and is usually caused by either micro-trauma (e.g., repetitive stress) or a single traumatic event. If left untreated, this condition can lead to degenerative changes within the ankle joint and even necrosis of the talus, making it extremely important to seek medical attention if you believe you have suffered an OCD lesion.
Recent research has shown that up to 70% of ankle fractures and 60% of ankle sprains can be attributed to osteochondral lesions of the talus. These injuries can cause immense pain and difficulty in movement due to swelling, instability, and compromised range of motion from the affected joint. Therefore, it’s essential for individuals who have suffered an ankle or talar injury to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage from occurring.
Although surgery is often necessary for those suffering from OCD lesions, there are various non-surgical treatment options available as well. These include activity modification (to decrease weight bearing on the affected area), physical therapy exercises that focus on increasing strength and mobility around the affected joint, bracing for additional support, as well as anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain. In some cases where these treatments don’t prove effective enough, orthotics may be recommended in order to control abnormal foot motion while walking or running.
At our podiatry center, we specialize in treating all stages of osteochondral lesions of the talus & ankle with proven methods designed to get you back on your feet again quickly while minimizing any long-term effects such injuries can cause. Our team consists of experienced physicians who have extensive knowledge and skill in diagnosing and treating these conditions with precision and accuracy so you get only top notch care every step of the way! We’ll also make sure you understand your capabilities during recovery so that you’ll be able to resume regular activities without fear or worry about causing harm or discomfort to yourself!