Faculty Publications

Title

Forefoot pain in a female college soccer player

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Avascular necrosis, Freiberg's infraction, Metatarsal head, Osteochondrosis, Sclerosis

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Volume

12

Issue

3

First Page

272

Last Page

279

Abstract

Idiopathic forefoot pain, often termed metatarsalgia, is a common complaint among running athletes. Whereas several causes are often included in the differential diagnosis, Freiberg's infraction is rarely considered. The signs and symptoms present with Freiberg's infraction however, can mimic those present with more common forefoot injuries. The article presents the case of a female Division-I college soccer player who developed and was successfully treated for bilateral Freiberg's infraction. Her initial complaint of unilateral forefoot pain, induced only by vigorous running, progressed to intolerable bilateral forefoot pain with light exercise. Conservative treatment was unsuccessful, and therefore surgery was required to enable her continued athletic participation. As with all weight-bearing joints, clinicians need to be aware of the potential for progressive degenerative changes at the metatarsal heads and the steps used in the evaluation and subsequent treatment of Freiberg's infraction. © 2003 Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2003

DOI of published version

10.1123/jsr.12.3.272

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