Freiberg's Disease is caused by dead cells in bones from inside the ball of the foot. It occurs mostly in the toe nearest to the big toe. It's appears most in teenage girls, but it can also appear in adults. It produces swelling and pain in the foot caused by extensive stress on the bones. Freiberg's Disease is also caused by bone damage. It's very important for parents to visit a podiatrist or other doctor when their child complains of chronic foot pain.
Main Symptoms of Freiberg's Disease
Here are some symptoms that people should look for:
- Swelling - You will usually notice redness around the affected toe and minor swelling in your child's foot.
- Pain - Pain is the most common symptom recognized in Freiberg's Disease. Most of the pain will be around the tip of the second toe, and it can be mild or strong. If a person participates in sports, the pain can become worse. The same situation occurs when a person wears high heels.
- Limping - Because of the amount of pain it can cause, people who are injured might change the way they walk to avoid putting too much weight on that toe. This can cause limping, and it can damage other parts of the foot where more strain in being placed.
- Stiffness - The toe may become stiff, or it can be really difficult to move it.
Treatment for Freiberg’s Disease
Treatment for Freiberg's Disease will depend on the severity of each case. Your podiatrist might suggest staying off of your foot for awhile, crutches, or physical therapy. Ice can be used to reduce swelling, and you can take anti-inflammatory medication. In some instances, surgery could be required.