Freiberg’s disease is a painful condition that mostly affects the 2nd metatarsal head. It can also affect the 3rd or 4th metatarsal bones, though these are much less common. Most are in females and most commonly occur in young women up to around 20 years of age. It is most likely due to a disruption of blood flow to the end of the bone occurring because of excessive pressure. This may be a single traumatic event such as a heavy blow, or a multitude of small overuse type injuries. The treatment of Friebergs Disease is the offloading of the area. Some cases need surgery.
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