Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus

Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus

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Learn more about Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus


An osteochondral lesion is an area of damaged cartilage and softened bone on the top of the talus. This can be caused by trauma to the ankle such as an ankle sprain. They may arise spontaneously with no trauma. They may be acute or chronic. The damage to the cartilage and underlying bone can result in the development of a cyst or fragmentation.

Moreover, the size, location and depth of the lesion can help determine treatment required. Ultimately the aim of treatment is to reduce or eradicate pain associated with the lesion, to allow the patient to return to normal activities.

Symptoms of Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus

It may depend on the specific or associated underlying cause, such as:

  • Recurrent instability
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking on uneven ground, difficulty playing sports
  • Catching within the joint

Causes of  Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus

It typically occurs during a traumatic injury to the ankle, such as an ankle sprain (particularly involving significant weight bearing forces), a traumatic landing from a height (particularly involving forced end of range ankle movements) or a motor vehicle accident. In addition, it may be more common in those patients with poor foot biomechanics or inappropriate footwear.

If you suspect that you might be suffering from Osteochondral Lesion of the Talus, or you’re experiencing any form of pain or discomfort in your feet, have it check before it becomes acute. One of our podiatrist can assess your condition to determine what treatment options are best suited to get you back on your feet.
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-The Chelsea Clinic and Team


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