The number of young athletes is increasing steadily, and many are developing a foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease. It can be common among children and young teenagers, and it affects the growth plate in the heel. The majority of people are unaware that this particular foot ailment is not a disease, as the name implies, but is named for the individual who identified it. Most children will outgrow it, and will not have lingering effects from it as they get older. The main symptom with Sever’s disease is heel pain, and it can cause the inability to participate in chosen sports. This happens as a result of rapid bone growth, which can occur more quickly than growth of the tendons and muscles. This can cause the Achilles tendon—which connects the heel to the calf muscles—to tighten, resulting in swelling and tenderness. The pain and discomfort from Sever’s disease may be managed by wearing custom-made orthotics, and it is beneficial to stop the activity that caused the condition. If your child is active, and is limping from heel pain, it is advised that a podiatrist be consulted who can determine what the best treatment is.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
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.
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.
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