Freiberg's Disease

Most commonly seen in teenage girls, this rare condition was first described in 1914 by Alfred H. Freiberg. It starts at puberty, and is often related to an injury to the growth plate of one of the metatarsals (the long bones behind the toes).  

Freiberg’s Disease is usually associated with physical activity, and wearing high-heeled exacerbates it.

These include:

  • Pain in the forefoot.
  • Localised swelling and stiffness in the big joint of the big toe.
  • A visible limp.

Treatment for Frieberg's Disease usually consists of reducing pressure under the affected bone, usually by the use of crutches and/or orthotics. In rare cases, a surgical procedure is required, but most patients are able to return to normal activities after treatment.