Sever's disease, a condition, not truly a disease, but rather a growth-related injury, is prevalent among active children experiencing growth spurts. Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, this ailment targets the growth plate in the heel bone, where the Achilles tendon attaches. The growth plate is a vulnerable area during periods of rapid bone development, and repetitive stress or strain can lead to inflammation and discomfort. Typically occurring in children aged eight to 14, Sever's disease manifests as heel pain, often exacerbated by physical activities such as running or jumping. As bones grow faster than muscles and tendons, the strain on the heel becomes pronounced. Understanding Sever's disease involves recognizing its connection to growth, acknowledging the importance of wearing supportive footwear, and incorporating sufficient rest into a child's active routine. While the condition is self-limiting and can resolve with time, a chiropodist’s advice is often sought. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can offer appropriate relief remedies.
Sever’s disease typically affects young children and teenagers. If your child complains of foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What Is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It is typically caused by overuse due to repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and playing certain sports. This condition most frequently affects children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Symptoms of Sever’s disease include:
Pain in the back or bottom of the heel
Pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed
Limping or walking on tiptoes to avoid putting pressure on the heel
Difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities
Sever’s disease is diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as an X-ray, can help rule out other injuries like a fracture.
Sever’s disease typically heals without any long-term complications. Treatment involves resting the affected foot by reducing typical activities, wearing orthotics to support the foot, immobilizing the affected foot, taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and stretching the foot.
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