Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus

Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus

What is it?

When an ankle sprain occurs, the anklebone (the talus) twists and can make contact with the tibia. This can lead to bruising, softening or cracking of the cartilage, or the formation of a cyst in the anklebone.

Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors

There is a wide range of severity of osteochondral injuries of the talus, from minor bruising to bone chips and cartilage dislodging into the ankle joint. These injuries can occur during normal activities, such as walking, or those that are more physically demanding, such as athletic activities or dancing.

Tests

A doctor will diagnose osteochondral injuries of the talus by examining the ankle, reviewing symptoms and medical history and conducting imaging tests, such as X-rays.

Treatment

The treatment depends on the severity of the injury, and may include:

  • Resting the joint
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Open surgery to perform a bone graft or ankle fusion

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