Iselin’s Disease

Iselin’s Disease

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Iselin’s Disease

What is Iselin’s Disease?

Iselin’s Disease occurs when you suffer pain around the base of the little toe (5th metatarsal).  The pain may release down the lateral (outside) of the foot. It is commonly defined as an aching/sharp or ‘bruised’ type of pain. Symptoms may include localised swelling and redness. Pain usually gets worse with activity rarely resulting in a ‘limp’.

Iselin disease affects children aged 9 to 14 who are highly active, and it is especially prevalent in kids who participate in sports that require running and jumping. The growth plate at the 5th metatarsal fuses by about 14 years in boys and by 12 years in girls. When the growth plate merges, the pain typically goes away without any trouble.

What causes Iselin’s Disease?

Iselin disease is mostly an overuse injury. Repetitive tension and/or pressure on the growth plate can then make it become swollen and sore.

Another significant problem with the growth plate being compressed is that it can cause persistent problems like tight calves, achy arches, and other nagging sensations.

How do you treat Iselin’s Disease?

A decrease in sports/activities is needed to reduce repetitive stress on the growth plate.  Thus, time is needed to allow repair of the growth plate to take place.

A podiatrist can also help in the rehabilitation course of Iselin’s disease. Repetitive stress or over-activity of the peroneal tendon may be happened because of biomechanical abnormalities within the leg or foot. This can make the peroneal tendons to work harder than usual to stabilise the foot. A Podiatrist can evaluate the lower limb mechanics and suggest the use of orthotics to manage this.

Is your child suffering from this condition or other foot problems?  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what nonsurgical treatments are best to get you back on track. ✅  At The Chelsea Clinic, we offer bunion treatment.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞

We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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