Subchondral Stabilization From Expert Podiatrists
Subchondral stabilization is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat subchondral bones (found beneath the cartilage) during the healing process. The subchondral bone is the bone layer below the cartilage in a joint. The subchondral bone acts as a shock absorber in weight-bearing joints and can result in stress fractures if the bone is weakened due to physiological stressors or deficiencies that may be the result of chronic diseases which cause chronic pain.
Minimally invasive procedure
Your chronic foot pain may be a result of edema in the bone. An MRI will identify edema which can be the cause of micro factures, resulting in your chronic pain. Subchondral stabilization is often used to repair foot and ankle microfractures and bone marrow edema. During the procedure, a bone substitute material is injected to stabilize bones compromised due to defects, lesions, or fractures. The material that is injected is replaced by new bone during the healing process.
Patients who experience chronic foot and ankle pain and are in search of minimally invasive treatment options to treat fractures are encouraged to contact Weil Foot & Ankle Institute for a consultation.