Osteochondritis refers to a condition in which there is inflammation of bone and cartilage in a joint. The bone and cartilage are damaged and sometimes removed from the underlying bone (called osteochondral dissecans, or OCD in these cases). In podiatry this is most commonly observed in the ankle, usually after ankle-twist injuries.
Individuals suffering from osteochondritis will experience pain and inflammation of the ankle joint. Standing or walking will be difficult due to the added stress on the ankle joint. It’s easy to mistake osteochondritis symptoms with those of other ankle disorders, including ankle sprains and ankle fractures, so it’s important to see a podiatrist for a diagnosis.
Treatment can vary from rest and immobilization in simple cases, or in more complex cases, the need for surgery to remove damaged bone or cartilage from the joint.