Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus

Osteochondral (OCD) Lesions of the Talus PRP Therapy Los Angeles

An osteochondral lesion of the talus is a region of damaged cartilage and damaged bone on top of the talus bone. The talus bone is one of the large bones located on the lower back of each foot, used to support the ankle joint. This injury is also referred to as the osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the talus or the talar osteochondral lesion (OCL). Most patients develop this condition as a result of traumatic injuries, such as severe ankle sprains. In addition, this type of injury can also occur from chronic overuse due to misalignment or instability of the ankle joint.

There is some supportive evidence indicating that twisting of the foot and ankle may not cause a chip fracture, but the injury may cause interference to the bone’s blood supply, leading to an area of the bone actually degenerating. Initially, the injury may feel similar to that of an ankle sprain; however continued problems may ensue if appropriate treatment is not received. Patients diagnosed with osteochondral lesions of the talus may be candidates for platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This type of treatment is minimally invasive and helps regenerate the affected areas of instability.

Symptoms of OCD Lesions of the Talus

Patients dealing with osteochondral lesions of the talus may experience multiple occasions of pain and discomfort of the ankle, similar to the symptoms of an ankle sprain. The pain is often worse with physical activities that involve the foot striking the ground or overstretching. Other patient symptoms reported for OCD Lesions of the Talus include:

  • Mechanical problems – clicking and popping
  • Increased ankle pain during activity
  • Intolerable of weight bearing
  • Lacking range of motion
  • Aching and swelling of the ankle
  • Stiffness or locked up sensation during certain positions

PRP Therapy for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus

While many patients find it difficult to deal with, it is imperative to have your injury diagnosed before treatment can begin. Diagnosis may be suggested by the history and physical examination of the patient. Typically X-rays will show a problem developing at the top of the talus, but an MRI or CT scan may be necessary to determine the full extent of the injured region. Depending on the problems discovered during examination, platelet rich plasma therapy may be the best solution for relief.

PRP therapy is an innovative technique that utilizes a patient’s own blood to promote healing and regeneration. First, Dr. Jamshidinia withdraws a small amount of the patient’s blood and separates PRP platelets using a centrifugal system. Once the platelets are successfully separated from the other blood cells, the platelets will be injected into the surrounding areas of the talus. The platelets release substances called growth factors that issue up to eight times the normal rate of rejuvenating power to heal the affected areas.

While there are other nonsurgical treatments available such as corticosteroid injections, these treatments provide short-term relief that does not completely heal the damaged lesions. This is where PRP therapy takes relief a step further by concentrating its growth substances directly at the source of the injury to regenerate the tissues around the talus bone.

Learn More About PRP Therapy for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus

Our bodies have remarkable abilities to heal on its own without labor intensive surgery and long recovery periods. Injecting concentrated platelets facilitate the natural healing process that may be damaged from injury. If your foot and ankle are unresponsive to other methods of recuperation then now may be the time to consider PRP therapy for OCD lesions of the talus. PRP therapy requires time and rehabilitation to completely heal the bones affected from your injury, but they may regain full strength and reduce pain very quickly depending on the severity of your injury. Contact our Los Angeles office to learn about your PRP therapy options and get the full range of your feet back.