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When Your Child Has Sever’s Disease

A condition called Sever’s disease actually sounds worse than it is. It is a harmless, though temporarily painful, condition that usually affects children between the age of 8 and 13 who are physically active. The good news is that with the right treatment and a bit of time, it will go away in most cases. Medically termed calcaneal apophysitis, Sever’s disease is the inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. Repetitive stress from running and jumping, or other high-impact activities, affects the area at the back of the heel that is not fully developed. Additional stress from the pulling of the Achilles tendon exacerbates the condition. Your child may complain of pain and some swelling under the heel. Rest from the activity causing the pain is usually the first recommendation. Heel padding in the shoes may also help in mild cases, along with certain exercises to stretch the calf muscles. If you have a child who participates in sports, it is a good idea to develop a relationship with a podiatrist who can oversee their foot development and treat foot or ankle problems as they arise.


 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fort Worth, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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