Freiberg’s disease is a rare condition that can become a debilitating ailment if not treated properly; it can even cause the onset of arthritis at a young age. Symptoms of this disease often include a vague forefoot pain, stiffness (particularly in the second toe), and a limp. Swelling may become apparent if there is inflammation of the synovial membrane on the inside of the joint.
The exact cause of this condition is unclear. Some, but not all, cases can be traced to a traumatic injury. In other instances, typically noted in adolescent patients, Freiberg’s stems from interruptions of normal growth processes at either the end of the bone (the epiphysis) or the growth plate (the apophysis) and results in fragmentation of the joint surface. Also, when the second toe is longer than the big toe, it assumes greater pressure and weight than it should, which leads to issues in its metatarsal joint.
When you, or a loved one, have the symptoms of Freiberg’s disease, it is important to come in and see us at Shenandoah Podiatry sooner rather than later. Our expert staff will give you the treatment and care that you need. Call our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458, or schedule an appointment online today.