Bone Bruise of the Ankle Bone (Talus) Treated with Core Decompression

A bone bruise of the ankle bone (talar osteochondral dissecans) is a painful, aching condition that is often undiagnosed for a long period of time. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation can be used to confirm the diagnosis. The arrows on the images point to the bone bruise. To treat the bone bruise, a minimally invasive drill hole is made so that the bone bruise can be drained. The area of the bone bruise is then filled with bone graft to promote healing. After surgery, a patient wears a walking boot and can put weight on the foot immediately.