The talus bone of the ankle, commonly known as the ankle bone, transfers weight-bearing from the shin to the foot. The second largest of the tarsal bones, the talus has the highest percentage of surface area covered by cartilage in the entire human body. Unlike most bones, no muscles attach to the talus and its position depends on that of the neighboring bones.
Cartilage damage of the ankle, also know as an osteochondral lesion of the talus, can occur from a traumatic fracture or ankle sprain, when the bones in the ankle joint hit each other damaging the cartilage surface. The initial pain may resolve, but the pain often comes back during exercise, with possible locking of the joint.
The University Foot and Ankle Institute is one of the top foot and ankle centers in the world. Our doctors and surgeons are recognized for providing treatment of large Osteochondral lesions of the talus with removal or fresh transplant.