High school sports fall into various seasons, depending on where you are in the US. Here in Texas, girls’ soccer season is in full swing. This sport provides a fantastic cardiovascular workout, while at the same time offering the thrill and excitement that comes with competition. It also, unfortunately, poses the risk of causing or exacerbating a condition known as Freiberg’s disease. Never heard of it? Don’t be surprised, because it’s not terribly common, but it is still quite important to know about it for when the ailment appears.
Freiberg’s disease is a rare condition that results from a disruption of blood flow to the head of a metatarsal bone; typically the second bone, but not always. The prevailing thought is that the disruption occurs mainly due to repetitive stress and not necessarily as the result of a single traumatic incident. This results in pain that is localized in the ball of the foot area, close to the affected bone. The pain will typically worsen in time and can be exacerbated by physical activity.
Treating the condition is centered on stabilizing the foot and preventing the affected joint from bending. Orthotic devices are one potential treatment method that can be effective. Another is to refrain from athletic participation. Wearing high heel shoes is also something that should be avoided. Chronic pain is a likely outcome when the metatarsal bone is damaged further, so it is important to heed the medical advice we provide for this ailment.
Whether you or a loved one has Freiberg’s disease—or any of the multitude of potential foot and ankle issues—Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is here for you. We provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment methods for our patients who live in the Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding Texas areas. Leading experts Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS, and their friendly staff, administer the state-of-the-art care you need to eliminate the pain and get back on your feet. Call us at (512) 328-8900 or use the online form to schedule an appointment at our Austin office today.