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Kohler's Disease

Kohler's disease, also known as Kohler's Osteochondrosis or Navicular Osteochondrosis, is a rare foot bone disorder that occurs in children, usually between the ages of three and seven. The disease is characterized by disruption of blood supply to the foot, which causes the bones to deteriorate.

Although Kohler's disease typically resolves itself within a few years from its onset, the disease can cause painful symptoms prior to healing which may decrease a child's quality of life. Fortunately, with the help of a skilled foot care specialist, the symptoms of Kohler's disease can be managed.

Causes of Kohler's disease

Although the exact cause of Kohler's disease is not yet fully understood, experts do know that the disease is caused, at least partially, by abnormal growth of the arteries in the foot. The arteries create a dense network over the foot bones, compressing the foot bone tissue. This compression affects the blood vessels in the central spongy bone and causes a decrease in blood supply to the foot, resulting in the symptoms of Kohler's disease.

Kohler's disease may also be caused by hereditary factors.

Symptoms of Kohler's disease

The symptoms of Kohler's disease include: 

  • Foot pain. 
  • Swelling of the foot.
  • Limping.

Treatment for Kohler's disease

Kohler's disease usually heals over time without treatment; the body restores the bones' size, density, and structure in approximately one to two years. However, if symptoms are extreme or if they do not subside over time, treatment may be necessary. Your child's doctor may recommend arch supports, below-the-knee casts, and other foot-supporting devices to allow the foot bones to heal.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of, or has been diagnosed with, Kohler's disease, an experienced doctor can help manage your child's symptoms and increase the chances of enjoying a positive outcome. Contact your doctor today to obtain both information and any necessary treatment.