When you experience a vague pain in your forefoot, particularly with regard to your second toe, it is possible that you have a condition known as Freiberg’s disease. In addition to pain, other observable symptoms of this ailment include stiffness, a limp, or even swelling if the synovial membrane that lines the inside of your joint has become inflamed.
This condition is more likely to be found in patients aged 13-18, and especially female athletes who fall in that age range. The exact cause of Freiberg’s disease is unknown, but it can arise from traumatic injury or an interrupted growth process in the metatarsal. It is also more common for individuals who have long second toes, because this situation increases the amount of weight placed on the second metatarsal head.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing pain in the second toe, come see Shenandoah Podiatry as soon as possible. Early treatment for this ailment can help prevent it from becoming a chronic condition. Our expert staff will administer the care you need when you visit our Roanoke, VA office. To make an appointment, call our Roanoke office at (540) 904-1458, or use our online form.