Talented West Coast teenager Elijah Hewett will head to Victoria to consult with a specialist physiotherapist at the Australian Ballet to help overcome a troublesome foot injury.
The 19-year-old will meet with Dr. Sue Mayes in Melbourne in a bid to build on his foot and leg strength.
Hewett has suffered from sesamoiditis in his feet and has been undergoing a conservative management program from the Eagles' doctors and outside specialists.
Sesamoids are bones that are connected to muscles by tendons and sesamoiditis occurs when the tendons attached to sesamoids become inflamed.
The talented teenager has played through pain and discomfort throughout his draft year in 2022 and debut AFL season last year.
He has been on a modified training program throughout the Eagles' pre-season as the club opts for a long-term solution to the problem.
West Coast's High Performance Manager, Mat Inness, said the club will take no risks on the exciting youngster.
"Elijah has had some sesamoid pain for the last couple of years that he's been playing with," Inness said on Wednesday.
"He's still aware of the symptoms so we are going to send him to see a specialist physio who deals with these things regularly and we'll provide an update in due course as to Elijah's progress."
Hewett was a highly credentialed junior who was taken with the Eagles second pick – number 14 overall – in the 2022 AFL National Draft.
He made his AFL debut in Round 2 last year against Greater Western Sydney and finished the season with 14 games.
The midfielder earned a Rising Star nomination in Round 22 after collecting 20 disposals, including an equal team high four clearances, in the Eagles 101-point loss to Fremantle at Optus Stadium.