Rare Foot Conditions You Need to Know About

Howard Finkelstein
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Howard Finkelstein provides excellent care for those in our community.

Not all sources of foot and ankle pain are common. Sometimes, the issue causing pain or difficulty is rare. When you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of a medical problem, you don’t really care whether or not it is common – you just want it treated!

Fortunately, our doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida are highly-educated and have decades’ worth of experience in administering effective treatment for all kinds of lower limb conditions. In those infrequent times when rare foot conditions emerge, our team is here and ready to help.

Some rare foot conditions include:foot and ankle pain

  • Kohler’s disease. When an interrupted blood supply causes bone tissue in the lower limbs to deteriorate—an issue known as avascular necrosis—it can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. This rare foot condition is most likely to affect boys between the ages of three and five. Fortunately, nonsurgical procedures can address the pain and swelling. Depending on the case, the use of a cast and arch supports are possible treatment options.
  • Freiberg’s disease. This is a rare condition that is more likely to affect adolescents, particularly (but not exclusively) athletic females between the ages of 12-15. Typically, the second metatarsal bone is affected, which causes forefoot pain that tends to worsen with physical activity (even from walking). Foot stiffness and limping are other symptoms that might be experienced. Treatment is centered on pain management, although surgery may be used in a minority of cases.
  • Buerger’s disease. This is a condition more likely to be experienced by an adult. The reason for this is the connection between Buerger’s disease and tobacco – virtually every known case is linked to tobacco usage. This disease is marked by pain in the lower limbs, along with inflammation, open sores, and toes that turn pale in cold temperatures. These symptoms are caused because blood vessels have become swollen and potentially blocked by blood clots.

The odds are quite good you have never heard of any of these rare foot conditions, but the important thing to keep in mind is that foot pain isn’t normal. If you, or a loved one, is experiencing pain, abnormal sensations, or impaired functionality, there’s a problem. When this is the case, come see one of our doctors for proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. Call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (when calling from Lake County) to request an appointment at any of our five Florida offices – Lake Mary, Mt. Dora, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, or Orlando.

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