Do you have pain or swelling below your toes in your foot? Is it difficult to walk, or do you feel stiffness in the area? If you said yes, you may have Freiberg’s disease.

Frieberg’s disease, also known as Frieberg infraction, is a condition that affects the metatarsal bones in the foot. The metatarsal bones are a group of five long bones located in the metatarsus of the foot, between the tarsal bones (near the ankle) and the phalanges (toe bones). The condition often affects the second or third metatarsal bones. 

More commonly known to affect more females than males, the exact cause of Frieberg’s disease is not well understood. Many attribute genetics or environmental factors as the root of the cause, as this often develops in adolescence or young adulthood.

Frieberg’s DiseaseDiagnosis of the condition is typically made through physical examination, X-rays, and sometimes MRI. Sometimes this disease will develop slowly and can be difficult to diagnose initially. This can be a Treatment depends on the severity of the disease and is best discussed with your Healthmark Podiatrist. Foot pain can be misleading, and an expert will be able to diagnose and develop a treatment plan properly.

Treatments Include:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immobilization of the foot
  • Surgery may be recommended in some cases

Early diagnosis and treatment are important in managing Freiberg’s disease and preventing further damage to the affected bone.

Are you looking for a Freiberg’s disease specialist in Philadelphia?

If you are looking for Frieberg’s disease care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.