What Is the Treatment for Iselin's Disease?

Q:
What is the treatment for Iselin’s disease?

A:
Iselin’s disease is painful inflammIselin's diseaseation of the apophysis (growth plate) at the base of the 5th metatarsal (foot bone). The growth plate consists of cartilage, which is softer and more vulnerable to injury than mature bone. Physically active boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 are more prone to Iselin’s syndrome.

Symptoms of Iselin’s syndrome include:

  • pain along the outer edge of the foot
  • limping
  • swelling on the lateral (outer) bump of the foot

Treatment options are:

  • a period of rest from painful activities
  • ice and anti-inflammatory medications
  • stretching tight calf muscles

In severe cases, two to four weeks of immobilization in a walking boot or cast may be necessary.

 

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