Children and young adults are more likely than other age groups to be diagnosed with
osteochondrosis. This condition impacts the joints. The ankle is a common site although other
joints, such as the elbow and knee can be involved. Our Atlanta podiatrist has experience treating
this and many other conditions of the foot and ankle. We know how difficult it can be when
children are impacted by any kind of health condition. Let us put our experience to work for your
peace of mind.
Causes of juvenile osteochondrosis
Although a pattern of associated conditions has been identified, a definitive cause for
osteochondrosis has not. Common co-occurring conditions include:
- Rapid growth – one reason the condition is common among children.
- Heredity – children are more likely to experience this condition if their parent(s) did.
- Interruption of blood supply to the bone associated with the affected joint.
- Overuse or trauma to the affected area.
Symptoms of osteochondrosis: Pain and swelling at the joint are the most common symptoms
of the juvenile osteochondrosis. Physical activity may increase the severity of symptoms. Other
- Joint stiffening.
- Joint locking or popping.
- Joint weakness.
What to expect during your appointment
Think of us as a partner in maintaining your child’s good health. We will talk with you to get a
full understanding of your young person’s medical history and current symptoms. We will also
perform a physical exam. Imaging may be required to determine the extent of the problem.
Some children outgrow juvenile osteochondrosis, however, monitoring and pain management are
important considerations. Encourage your child to reduce sports participation or strenuous
activities until cleared by our Atlanta podiatrist. Over the counter pain relievers may be
administered as needed. We may also recommend:
- Wearing a brace or cast,
- Exercises to strengthen the associated muscles.
With proper care most patients experience recovery within two to four months. In rare cases
surgery is required to manage the condition. Available surgical options vary based on each
child’s individual needs. Post-surgical follow up often includes the use of crutches for several
weeks followed by physical therapy. Most patients can expect to return to sports activities in
about six months.
It is important to access care for osteochondrosis. Left untreated the condition will deteriorate,
and is less likely to resolve without surgery. Our Atlanta podiatrist has many years’ experience
treating conditions of the foot and ankle, including juvenile osteochondrosis. That means peace
of mind for parents. If you have concerns or questions about juvenile ostechondrosis, give us a