Does my Child Have Kohler’s Disease?

If you’re concerned about your child’s foot pain and wondering, “Does my child have Kohler’s disease?” know that, while it is possible, Kohler’s disease is a rare bone disorder. It’s most common in children between ages three and five, and is more likely to affect boys than girls. The condition involves a bone in the midfoot, called the tarsal navicular, becoming inflamed. The bone deteriorates from a lack of blood flow, sometimes causing it to break down into fragments that heal later. This causes pain, swelling, tenderness, and limping. Typically the discomfort will be worse after activity and your child may not want to put weight on the foot at all.

If your child is struggling with foot pain, don’t ignore it. It’s important to find out what is causing the discomfort and work to treat the condition. Because Kohler’s disease is quite rare, midfoot pain is usually caused by other problems; however, checking for the disorder and ruling it out is better than misdiagnosing it. If you’re concerned about your child’s foot pain, let us know at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Call (281) 497-2850 or use the online form to make an appointment.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.