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Active and Overweight Children May Develop Sever’s Disease

The medical term for Sever’s Disease is calcaneal apophysitis. It is an uncomfortable foot condition that can affect active teenagers and children as they reach adolescence. It occurs as a result of different growing speeds of the tendons and growth plate in the heel. This can cause the tendons to become tight, putting stress on the heel. Children who frequently participate in running and jumping activities and young teenagers who are overweight may experience Sever’s disease. Mild relief can be found when the affected foot is elevated, and it may help to relieve swelling on the heel by wearing compression socks. If your child or teen is limping, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help them find the right treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Arthur Segall, Jr., DPM from Segall Foot and Ankle. 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.

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