What is Iselin's Disease?
An irritation and inflammation of the growth plate (apophysis) at the 5th metatarsal base (styloid process). In a child, the bones grow from areas called growth plates. The growth plate is made up of cartilage cells, which are softer and more vulnerable to injury than mature bone.
Symptoms of Iselin's Disease
- Tenderness over the base of the 5th metatarsal
- Occurs between 11-15 years of age
- Increase in pain during or after activity
- Can cause avulsion fracture
- Accessory (extra) bone maybe present
Causes of Iselin's Disease
Iselin disease is an overuse injury caused by repetitive pressure and/or tension on the growth center at the base of the fifth metatarsal. Running and jumping generate a large amount of pressure on the forefoot. Tight calf muscles are a risk factor for Iselin disease because they increase the tension on the growth center.
When to see a podiatrist?
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Treatment for Iselin's Disease
- Your child will need a short period of rest from painful activities in order to take pressure off the growth center and allow the inflammation to resolve.
- It is very important to stretch tight calf muscles to relieve tension on the growth center.
- Shoes that fit well and have good arch support can decrease the pain.
- Depending on your foot shape and structure, your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics.
Is Iselin's Disease covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether your children’s treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.