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What is Sever’s Disease and How Does It Affect Kids?

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children's feetGrowing, whether physically or metaphorically, is often a hard and sometimes painful process. Muscle growth relies on tissue being broken down so it can be rebuilt. Hard situations in life force us to grow and become stronger people. During the formative years, there might even be physical “growing pains.” This is the case with a condition known as Sever’s disease that can potentially affect your children.

This condition, also called calcaneal apophysitis, is a rather common cause of adolescent heel pain—affecting boys in the 10-15 years age range and girls between 8-13 years old. It is attributed to growth and development in the skeletal system, particularly in the calcaneus (heel bone). In addition to pain at the back of the heel, the main symptoms to be aware of include limping, swelling, redness, and discomfort or stiffness first thing in the morning.

Growth can be painful, but that doesn’t mean that the pain can’t be eased. Actually, treatment for this condition is centered on managing the pain, since there are often no long-term effects to be concerned about. This is typically accomplished by taking time away from physical activities, particularly those that are high-impact in nature, and incorporating an icing regimen (which also reduces swelling). Physical therapy and exercises that strengthen and stretch leg muscles and tendons are also often quite effective in relieving pain and discomfort from the condition.

While Sever’s disease is quite common, it is not the only foot or ankle issue that can cause painful heels for children. When your child is suffering from heel pain, bring him or her in to our Carmichael, CA podiatry office for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Our expert foot doctors here at McDowell Podiatry Group always take the time to determine the proper measures to ease your child’s pain, so give us a call at (916) 961-3434 or use our online form and schedule an appointment today.

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