- I had a large osteochondral defect in my ankle joint 8 years ago. I am very active with tennis and paddle and was sure I would never play again. I could only take very small steps and walking was becoming more difficult. Dr. Levine cleaned up the joint. I limped for maybe six months after (built up some scar tissue) and now rarely think about it. I went to the best person and the result was terrific. It was a wake up call to see how not being able to ambulate properly can be a life changer. Thank you Dr. Levine.