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What Is Kohler Disease?

Kohler disease is categorized as a rare foot condition. It is considered to be a bone disorder and can result from compression caused by stress during a critical growth period. A common symptom of this condition is a swollen foot, which can be painful. It may be especially sensitive in the arch of the foot, which can appear to be red. Children between the ages of 3 and 7 are generally affected by Kohler disease, and parents may notice their child is limping. Walking can be difficult, and this may be from an interruption of blood flow to one of the bones in the foot. Research has shown the exact cause of Kohler disease is not known, but some specialists speculate it can be related to an injury that may have occurred before the child was 2 years old. Many cases of Kohler disease will gradually resolve, and the time frame can depend on the severity of the symptoms. If your child has a swollen foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this rare foot condition.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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