Osteochondritis, (osteochondritis dissecans) results in stiffness and acute pain in the ankle. It generally follows some sort of injury to the ankle, such as a sprain or twisted ankle. When there is a lack of blood supply to the cartilage and ankle bone, it can result in tiny fractures and it is possible for the joint to break down.
Osteochondritis will appear around the side or the top of the talus, determined by the type of injury.
What Causes Osteochondritis
The majority of osteochondritis cases are the result of bone chip fractures caused by ankle twists and sprains. If a break occurs in the articular cartilage, the bone chips can move around. The chipped pieces do not get a proper supply of blood, and die. Once this happens, it makes it very complicated to heal.
Symptoms of Osteochondritis
Symptoms are generally noticed by pain and swelling in the ankle. Just like an ankle sprain, it will be difficult to apply much weight to it. You need to see your podiatrist if you have this kind of pain in your ankle, because it could eventually lead to arthritis over a period of time.
How is Osteochondritis Diagnosed?
Your podiatrist will examine your ankle, and if an X-ray determines that you have an injury to your talus, other tests, such as an MRI are carried out.
- Cast – It is possible that the bone can heal by itself if you have a cast on it. Your podiatrist might also suggest that you remain on crutches for awhile to keep any weight off of your ankle for awhile.
- Surgery – Arthroscopic surgery is one of the best types of surgery used to treat osteochondritis. If you don’t have your ankle diagnosed quickly, there is no way that it will probably heal on its own.
Other types of surgery can also be carried out. It all depends on the location of the injury and how severe it is.
After your surgery, it can take up to two months to heal. During this time you will need to stay off of it as much as possible, and continue making your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor will see how well your injury is healing, and if the surgery was successful. Contact InMotion Foot and Ankle Specialists today to get the treatment you need.