2. Hard immobile painless palpable mass
Due to this common symptom being essentially painless, it might not seem like it is worth highlighting, although painless symptoms can be just as upsetting to a patient as those which cause the most pain.
Appearing like reddish, inflamed calluses, these masses can be unsightly and hard to disguise with makeup or clothing. The associated mental and psychological implications, such as anxiety and depression, can be additional symptoms that are sometimes ignored.
The fact that these masses tend to be hard can also be distressing, as they can often be wrongly interpreted as malignant tumors, meaning that the sufferer can become agitated and worried at their development.
There are several further symptoms, which would be classed as more major symptoms of osteochondroma that can arise. Complications that can worsen osteochondromas, such as hairline fractures, bone deformities and the occurrence of mechanical joint problems, can have serious implications and require medical intervention.