Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: A Critical Analysis Review
Osteochondral lesions of the talus encompass a variety of pathological lesions, including osteochondral defects, osteochondritis dissecans, and osteochondral fractures. Articular cartilage has poor regenerative capacity, and the osseous blood supply to the talus is tenuous. Both of these issues make the treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus particularly challenging for orthopaedic surgeons. Moreover, there have been few comparative outcome studies to help guide treatment. The present article will review the current techniques and supporting literature for the surgical treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus.