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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 06, 2017
Tags: Osteochondritis  

Osteochondritis is a condition that occurs in a joint—usually the ankle, knee or elbow—where a piece of bone and/or cartilage comes loose from the end of a bone and this impedes the normal action of the joint. It is most commonly seen in children and adolescents and at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that it can be a little tricky for parents to figure out just what is going on. Below are some questions to help you determine if your child may have this condition:

Is your child complaining of pain or odd sensations in his or her ankle? Common feelings associated with osteochondritis include pain, stiffness, the feeling that the joint is “popping” or is locked in place. Your child may also say it feels like the ankle may “give way” at any moment.

What does the ankle look like? Often times there will be swelling around the ankle joint. It will also be tender to the touch and your child may have difficulty moving the ankle in all the ways they are normally able to.

When do symptoms seem most noticeable? Osteochondritis symptoms are often triggered by activity. In fact, even though the cartilage comes loose due to a decrease in blood flow to the area, it is thought that an injury or repetitive trauma to the area (such as occurs in intensely practicing one sport) is the root cause.

Has your child’s activity level increased or decreased? More intense workout drills or practices or increased frequency in an activity can precede osteochondritis as stated above. Conversely, in younger children who are not always the best at explaining their symptoms, parents may notice that a child doesn’t want to participate in activities that they normally enjoy or complain that they feel tired. Limping or favoring one foot over the other is also a sure sign of pain.

Seek Treatment Promptly

If you do see any of these symptoms in your child it is important to make an appointment at our Washington office sooner rather than later by calling: (724) 225-7410 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine the ankle and determine the cause of the pain and discomfort. Usually, osteochondritis will resolve on its own as a child grows but monitoring and treatment to prevent joint damage as well as minimize pain is still necessary.

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