Osteochondritis dissecans occurs when a fragment of bone in a joint separates from the rest of the bone because its blood supply is faulty, and there is not enough blood to maintain it. It often affects the knee or the elbow. Sometimes, the separated fragment stays in place or repairs on its own. However, in the later stages of this disease, the bone can splinter and fall into the joint space, resulting in pain and dysfunction. If you are experiencing unusual pain and discomfort, don’t wait, get in touch with a Beyond Podiatry office near you. Our experienced physicians can provide you with the care and treatment you need to feel better.


What Causes Osteochondritis?

Getting outside and staying active is important in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, playing contact sports or outdoor activities that are extensive can lead to aches and pains we can’t control. The exact cause of osteochondritis is unknown, but commonly affects those between the ages of 10-20 years old who are physically active in sports. This can occur in different joints, including the hip and ankle, but the most commonly affected area is the knee. Factors that contribute to this issue include stress to the bone, reduced blood supply to the affected area, and trauma to the bone.

Symptoms of Osteochondritis

At Beyond Podiatry we care about the health and safety of our patients. If you or someone you know is affected by symptoms of osteochondritis, it is important to contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our specialists will conduct a consultation to determine the best course of action that best suits your needs. Signs and symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans may include inflammation, a popping sound when moving, weakness, limping, effusion, and stiffness. In all cases, these symptoms are often accompanied by severe pain.

Osteochondritis Treatments

Your podiatrist may have additional tips to help you enjoy optimal hip, ankle, and knee health in spite of the effects of osteochondritis. In most cases, lesions in children and young teens will heal on their own. Resting and avoiding vigorous sports until symptoms resolve will often relieve pain and swelling. Your doctor may recommend the use of crutches or splinting or casting the affected arm, leg, or other joints for a short period of time and healing can take between 2-4 months. If symptoms still persist, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to help alleviate the pain.