Intact articular cartilage surfaces are necessary for smooth motion and pain-free function within the ankle joint. Healthy cartilage surfaces reduce the coefficient of friction, limit peaks of stress, and protect the joint from wear. Damage to the articular cartilage often leads to pain and dysfunction of the joint with limited potential for self-repair [24, 36]. If patients fail conservative management of symptomatic cartilage lesions, several treatment options exist for surgical restoration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Talar Osteochondral Defects|
|Subtitle of host publication||Diagnosis, Planning, Treatment, and Rehabilitation|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2014|
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