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Freiberg's disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Freiberg's infraction
  • Freiberg-Kohler syndrome
  • Kohler's second disease
  • Osteochondrosis of the metatarsal head, usually the second
  • Second metatarsal osteochondrosis
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Treatment

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How might Freiberg's disease be treated?

The treatment of Freiberg's disease depends on many factors, including the severity of condition; the signs and symptoms present; and the age of the patient. The primary goal of therapy is to rest the joint and reduce pain and swelling. A more conservative treatment approach is typically attempted initially which may include modification of activities with different types of casts, crutches and/or shoe inserts, as needed. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended to manage pain.[1][2][3]

If other treatments are not effective, surgery may be necessary. Medscape Reference's Web site offers more specific information regarding the different surgical procedures used to treat Freiberg's disease. Please click on the link to access the resource.
Last updated: 5/14/2015

References
  1. Shayne D Fehr, MD, FAAP. Freiberg Disease. Medscape Reference. March 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1236085-overview.
  2. Shane A, Reeves C, Wobst G, Thurston P. Second metatarsophalangeal joint pathology and freiberg disease. Clin Podiatr Med Surg. July 2013; 30(3):313-325.
  3. Cerrato RA. Freiberg's disease. Foot Ankle Clin. December 2011; 16(4):647-658.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Freiberg's infraction
  • Freiberg-Kohler syndrome
  • Kohler's second disease
  • Osteochondrosis of the metatarsal head, usually the second
  • Second metatarsal osteochondrosis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.