Chipped Ankle Bone
Chipped Ankle Bone: Is it possible to chip a bone in your ankle? What should you do if a chip does happen? Follow this guide to find out!
Causes Of A Chipped Ankle Bone:
A chipped ankle bone is possible but not likely in the way most people think it is.
- If a bone is chipped, it is usually within the ankle joint.
- This is usually a piece of cartilage with bone called an osteochondral defect.
- This is experienced in severe compression injuries.
- It is possible to have an osteophyte or enthesophyte on the outside of the bone.
- These feel like a “bone chip” but are still part of the bone.
Is It possible to get a small bone chip on the outside skin of the ankle?
Yes it is theoretically, but it is still very unlikely and rarely seen.
- If you can feel bone formation on the outside of you ankle it is usually a defect on the edge of your bone.
Osteophytes are simply extra bone formation after an irregular stress is placed on the bone.
- This is called an osteophyte (bone spur) which can happen in response to trauma.
- Osteophytes are possible around the ankle in response to trauma, arthritis or previous ankle injury.
- It can also be an enthesophyte which is calcification of a a tendon.
- Enthesophytes are most common at the bottom of the foot as a spur, or a achilles tendon spur.
Chipped Ankle Bone Treatment:
The best course of action would be to go in for X-ray imaging.
- X-rays will show osteophytes & enthesophytes.
- It will even show a bone chip if possible.
- The only way to know for sure how to treat this injury is to confirm exactly what it is.
- Depending on the joint, the region & the tendon of the extra bone formation: your podiatrist will come up with a treatment plan.