Management of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talar Dome

Chamnanni Rungprai1, 3, Joshua N. Tennant2Ryan D. Gentry2, Phinit Phisitkul1, *
1 Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA, 52242
2 Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 3147 Bioinformatics Building, 130 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7055, USA
3 Department of Orthopaedics, Phramongkutklao Hospital and College of Medicine, 315 Ratchawithi Rd., Bangkok, Thailand, 10400

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Osteochondral lesion of the talus (OLT) is a common condition associated with ankle injury that brings challenges in the diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms related to this condition are nonspecific including pain, swelling, stiffness, and mechanical symptoms of locking and catching. While the natural history of the OLTs is not well understood, surgical treatment is often required especially in chronic cases and acute cases with displaced articular fragments. Arthroscopic treatment of the OLTs aims to restore ankle joint function and pain relief by the removal of the chondral or osteochondral fragment, debridement and stabilization of cartilage rim and subchondral bone, and stimulate healing of the bone and damaged cartilage. In patients with a large lesion or after a failure of previous bone marrow stimulation, biologic restoration techniques including the use of particulate juvenile cartilage techniques, autogenous chondrocyte implantation, and osteochondral autograft or allograft transplantation may have role. This article summarizes the contemporary concepts in the clinical evaluation and treatment of OLTs with particular emphasis on surgical strategies.

Keywords: OLT, OCD, Talus, Arthroscopy, Osteochondral, Cartilage injury.