Treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus in athletes: what is the evidence?

Ankle injuries make up 15% of all sports injuries and osteochondral lesions of the talus (oLts) are an increasingly frequent problem in active patients, often being subsequent to ankle sprains or repetitive microtraumas (1). Cartilage defects are present in about 50% of acute ankle sprains and in 23% may be linked to lateral chronic instability of the ankle, resulting in persistent pain even after ligament reconstruction (2).

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