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Foot problems may appear simple but they should never be ignored as they can often become very serious. In most cases, foot conditions are caused by simple factors which can be easily identified with standard diagnostic procedures. However, there can also be cases which are rather difficult to diagnose or comprehend and such issues may also cause considerable pain and discomfort to the patient. Such rare foot disorders must be treated with extra attention so that they can be resolved at the earliest possible instance.
A rare foot disorder can be described as any kind of lower limb condition that is difficult to understand. In many instances, the foot problem may exhibit symptoms that can be confused or mixed up with some of the other more common types of foot problems. Over the years, numerous types of unusual conditions affecting lower limbs have been found that cause mobility issues, pain and in some cases even deformities. Among them, three specific disorders deserve special mention, namely Freiberg’s disease, Kohler’s disease and Maffucci syndrome.
In spite of their names, the conditions are not normally what one may consider a kind of disease. All these three conditions can be described as bone-related problems mostly affecting children and teenagers. The conditions are not contagious or inherited but they can significantly damage a child’s ability to move around. Therefore it is necessary to get them detected and diagnosed at the earliest possible instance.
Here is a brief description of these three foot conditions.
Freiberg’s disease is a condition characterized by flattening and deterioration of a metatarsal head that is present in the ball section of the foot. The condition can affect practically anyone at any stage of their lives but it is normally seen in pre-teen and teenage girls. It causes pain while walking, accompanied by swelling, stiffness in affected toe and also limping
Kohler’s disease can be described as a breakdown of the bone in the arch of a child’s foot known as the tarsal navicular bone. The condition mainly affects young boys; interruption of the blood supply to bone leads to its deterioration. It leads to swelling, tenderness, redness, limping as well as pain under pressure.
In Maffucci syndrome, the long bones present in a little child’s feet gives rise to the development of abnormal bone lesions that are called enchondromas. Such benign growths tend to develop during early childhood which in turn makes these affected bones highly vulnerable to breakage. A child may also develop numerous vascular lesions just under the skin which can form firm knots.
Since it can be rather difficult for a medical practitioner to diagnose them quickly, it is necessary to take special measures to see whether the signs of these conditions are present or not. Mainly X-rays and MRI scans can be used to determine whether a patient is being affected by any of these conditions.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.