Osteochondritis, sometimes called Osteochondritis dissecans, is a joint condition most often associated with the knee, but it can also affect other joints including the ankle.
Joint pain, swelling, weakness, and reduced range of motion of the joint are common symptoms. These can occur suddenly or gradually, depending on the situation. Regardless of the cause, osteochondritis is the result of cartilage detaching from the bone which causes pain and reduced joint motion.
Risk factors include age and participation in sports. Children and adolescents up to the age of twenty are the most likely to develop osteochondritis dissecans from a traumatic event. Participating in active sports places anyone at risk. Persons of any age experiencing a physically traumatic event can contract osteochondritis based on the position of the foot and the severity of the injury, which also determines what part of the ankle will be affected.
Osteochondritis occurs when bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies due to lack of blood flow. The onset of osteochondritis may be related to weight or another medical problem. For children, the condition is most likely to be seen during a period of rapid growth when blood flow to bones may be reduced. For adults, a traumatic event is a more likely cause.
The underlying bone issue that causes osteochondritis may heal with rest and by avoiding activities that stress the joint. This option may be more successful with younger patients, particularly when the issue is not the result of a traumatic injury. However, if conservative treatment is unsuccessful, surgical options exist. For adults, surgical intervention is almost always the course of treatment as adults almost always develop osteochondritis dissecans from trauma-related injuries.
The Concierge Podiatry Advantage
For patients with osteochondritis whose issues are not successfully addressed by rest and/or immobilization using orthotics, we offer a course of stem cell therapy before resorting to surgical options.
At Concierge Podiatry we specialize in treating all podiatric issues. We take the time needed to diagnose and explain any treatment options before beginning any course of treatment.
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