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Get Back in the Game after Freiberg’s Disease

Spring is a great time for sports. Baseball’s spring training season is wrapping up, and the regular season launches soon. Schools are beginning their own baseball seasons, gearing up athletes to compete. Even before official practices, though, dedicated athletes do their own training to prepare. If you’re an athlete, you don’t have time to deal with forefoot problems like Freiberg’s disease, which can keep you benched for a while. The good news is that this condition doesn’t have to mean the end of your season. You can return to sports healthily and pain-free with the right care.

Freiberg’s disease is an unusual condition that causes one of the metatarsal heads in the ball of your foot—usually the one attached to the second toe—to deteriorate and flatten out. The condition typically hurts most and deteriorates fastest when your foot is under pressure, which makes pushing off the ground for sports very difficult.

Recovering and getting back into sports requires treatment to heal the bone, and then reconditioning your foot to handle hard impacts. This does take time, but it’s absolutely necessary to be able to play without pain or further damage to your foot. You will have to let your foot rest. This means a brief break from sports. You’ll need to wear stiff-soled, supportive shoes that protect your forefoot as well. In severe cases, you might have to wear a cast and avoid putting any weight on your foot so the bone can heal.

Once the bone has recovered, you’ll need to continue wearing shoes or orthotics that manage your weight and pressure so it’s distributed evenly through your foot. You’ll be able to slowly start walking normally again. At this point you’ll need to begin physical therapy to recondition your lower limbs to handle your sports.

Freiberg’s disease is unusual, but not necessarily the end of your season. Prompt care for the problem helps your bones recover and eliminates your pain. Our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas can help with whole process. You can make an appointment with us today through our website, or you can call us directly at (702) 839-2010.

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