A teen or child with Freiberg’s disease can return to sports and other athletic activities once the painful forefoot symptoms are gone. When this will happen for your individual child depends on the severity of the condition and how the problem was treated. Conservative treatment for this condition involves taking a break from hard-impact activities and working to reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot so the damaged metatarsal bone can heal. Sometimes wearing stiff shoes is all this entails. Casting and removing all weight-bearing from the foot is also common. Severely damaged metatarsal heads might need more involved treatments. There are several different types of surgery to address the breakdown in the metatarsal head. Once the bone is healed, your child can usually get back to participating in and enjoying sports. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help your child get back to his or her favorite activities. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our website to make an appointment with us.