Atypical Presentation of Acute Freiberg Disease

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Abstract

Freiberg disease is a chronic progressive condition that results in pain and loss of normal function of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ). We describe a case of acute Freiberg disease secondary to a short course of oral steroids. The patient presented with an acute metatarsal head fracture that was managed successfully with open reduction and internal fixation. Although a rare complication of corticosteroid use, physicians having patients start taking steroids must remember the risk of osteonecrosis.

Level of Clinical Evidence: 4

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