What is Freiberg's Disease?

Freiberg’s disease is a rare disease in which a person loses bone tissue of the big toe. This disease often affects children between the ages of 12 and 20 who are active in sports and athletics.

The symptoms of Freiberg's disease include:

  • Mild to severe foot pain
  • Pain in the second metatarsal
  • Swelling in the toes
  • Stiffness in the toe joint
  • Limping due to pain in the foot

Diagnosis and Treatment of Freiberg's Disease

An orthopedist can diagnosis Freiberg’s disease based on a physical examination. X-rays, MRI or CT scan may be taken to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for Freiberg’s disease may include therapy or surgery. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce the pain and swelling.

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