Osteochondritis Dissecans Specialists

Podiatrists specializing OCD in the Bradenton, Tampa, & Sarasota Area

If you’re suffering from Osteochondritis Dissecans, consulting with a specialist like Dr. Jason Spector at Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists is essential for ensuring that you receive the best possible care for your condition. His comprehensive knowledge of the foot & ankle area combined with his extensive experience make him uniquely equipped to assess and treat your particular issue.

Dr. Jason Spector has an impressive history of training; he holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and completed his medical school training at Barry University School of Medicine in Miami, Florida – all within the state of Florida! By using advanced imaging studies such as CT scans or MRI scans alongside X-rays during diagnosis, he can accurately identify OCD lesions to determine the best course of treatment.

When it comes to treating Osteochondritis Dissecans with Dr Spector’s guidance you can trust that your recovery will be on track with a plan that takes into account your specific needs and goals for recovery. He provides top quality care based on years of experience with diagnosing and managing this condition – so you know you’re getting professional help when it’s needed most!

If you think that you may be suffering from an Osteochondritis Dissecans issue, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Jason Spector today at 941-241-5333 for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your needs!

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    What are Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD Lesions)

    Osteochondritis Dissecans, also commonly referred to as an osteochondral lesion (OCL) or osteochondral defect (OCD), is a condition in which there is a cartilaginous defect within one of the joints in your foot or ankle. A joint, also called an articulation, is comprised by the ends of two bones that are covered by a smooth, spongy surface called cartilage. The purpose of joints is to withstand large compressive and loading forces while allowing fluid movement between the two bones. When there is damage to the cartilage within the joint, a defect is sometimes created.

    The most common place for these lesions to occur is on the cartilaginous surface of the talus (one of the bones comprising the ankle joint). Some injuries that could lead to an osteochondral defect are ankle sprains, sports injuries, and lower extremity trauma. Symptoms typically include a dull, aching, deep pain in the ankle. Some patients may feel a clicking sensation, decreased mobility of the joint, increased swelling, and general instability. Diagnosis typically begins with X-rays and a thorough clinical evaluation. While this can sometimes confirm Osteochondritis Dissecans​ (an OCD lesion), often times advanced imaging studies such as CT or MRI are required. Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans depends on the location and severity. Come see our specialists at Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists today for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.


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