Freiberg's disease is a rare condition that often develops in young people who are active in sports, most commonly in females. The exact cause of this condition is unknown but it typically results in pain in the forefoot. The 2nd metatarsal head is a bone in the ball of the foot behind the second toe. Excessive pressure in this area can lead to a disruption of blood flow to the tip of the toe, resulting in pain. Young athletes who are involved in activities that have them on their toes such as sprinting or jumping are at risk for this type of foot pain.
Rest, avoiding activities that aggravate the foot may help resolve the pain but there are cases where surgery is needed to bring health and function back to the foot. If your child is complaining of pain in the ball of their foot, especially during activity, please have Dr. Danciger, podiatrist in Coachella Valley, evaluate your child’s foot to start appropriate treatment. Make an appointment today by calling (760) 568-0108 or scheduling an appointment online.