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Active Children and Sever’s Disease

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

The foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease can affect children and young teenagers who participate in running and jumping activities. It is considered to be an ailment that comes from overuse in and around the growth plate in the heel. The child may complain of having heel pain, and can have difficulty in walking. A podiatrist can perform a proper diagnosis, which consists of having a physical examination done, in addition to learning about the child's choice of activities. The child will eventually outgrow Sever’s disease, and until then, mild relief can be found when the activity that caused this condition is temporarily stopped. Patients may also find that it helps to elevate the affected foot as often as possible, and it may be beneficial to wear a heel pad in the shoe. It is strongly suggested that your child sees a podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain, so a proper diagnosis can be performed, and the correct treatment can promptly begin.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors 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 Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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