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Signs Your Child May Have Sever’s Disease

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Calcaneal apophysitis is a foot condition that affects young teenagers and children. It is referred to as Sever’s disease, and it targets people in this age group who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. The growth plate in the heel is affected causing severe pain and discomfort and physical activities may have to temporarily be stopped as the healing process occurs. This condition happens as a result of excessive pressure that is placed on the growth plate, where it connects to the Achilles tendon. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and can become sore and swollen when the growth plate endures this type of stress. You may notice your child limps while walking, or some children find it more comfortable to walk on their toes. There are specific stretches that can be performed which may be helpful in finding mild relief as well as wear shoes that fit correctly. If your child has heel pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose Sever’s disease and offer treatment techniques.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. 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 one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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