Osteochondritis

Did you know that osteochondritis dissecans can occur in those between the ages of 10 and 20? It’s a condition that can develop in the joints when a piece of the fragmented bone separates, causing it to lose blood supply. These fragments are often called “joint mice” because in the later stages of this condition the pieces of splintered bone can fall into the joint space, often resulting in abnormal function and pain. Those who have had osteochondritis know just how debilitating and painful it can be to live with. The key to effective treatment is an early diagnosis. If you or someone you know has been dealing with feelings of pain and weakness in their joints and has been searching for a podiatrist in Douglaston, contact us at Great Neck Family Foot Care. Dr. Hochstein is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating a variety of podiatric ailments, including osteochondritis.

The Signs and Symptoms

Osteochondritis, or OCD, can occur in various different joints throughout the body. The most prevalent joints are typically the knees, ankles, hips, and elbows. Depending on which joint is inflicted, it can cause a variety of symptoms such as the following:

  • Swelling, inflammation, and soreness in the joint.
  • Reduced range of motion in the joint.
  • Limping.
  • Weakness in the joint.
  • Stiffness.
  • Joint locking or popping.
  • Pain, primarily after physical activity.

The severity of one’s symptoms can also vary depending on the stage of their osteochondritis. If your symptoms persist or get worse, it’s recommended that you schedule a visit to a podiatrist. They will be able to help diagnose and provide the proper treatment plan for you.

Diagnosis

The only way to truly know if you have osteochondritis or not is to seek medical attention. A podiatrist will be able to conduct various tests and a physical examination to determine the extent of your condition. Imagery testing is usually the way they can detect whether there are any loose fragments, tissue death, or necrosis present. If you’re tested during the earlier stages, x-ray images can show the thickening of the cartilage. The later stages are usually only capable of showing fragmented pieces at that point in time. The early osteochondritis stages are considered stable and treatment is usually most effective at this point. It’s when it lingers on to a later stage that the condition can become even worse and increasingly painful. Your podiatrist will be able to conduct tests to rule out other conditions as well, such as osteoarthritis and bone cysts.

Treatment

Treatment for osteochondritis can range from conservative to more invasive levels. Also dependent upon the stage of your condition, this will depict what type of treatment your podiatrist might suggest. For patients in the earlier stages, your podiatrist may recommend limiting physical activities for a prolonged period of time and also keeping the joint stabilized in a splint or brace. He or she may also suggest taking a non-steroidal inflammatory medication (NSAID) to help relieve the pain. If you are in the later stages, surgery would be the primary choice. Surgery would help to achieve both a normal range of motion and restoration of blood flow in the afflicted joint.

Podiatrist in Douglaston

If you’ve been on the search for a podiatrist in Douglaston to help treat your osteochondritis condition or any other podiatric issues, contact us at Great Neck Family Foot Care. We take great pride in providing each and every one of our patients with the highest quality podiatric care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and see how we can help you!