Active children who suffer foot pain could be at risk of developing Sever’s Disease as they grow. This disease is typically triggered by a growth spurt although it can also occur due to injuries which are especially common in active children. Often these symptoms are unnoticed, especially if the child in question is not complaining about any pain in his or her heels.
If your child is suffering from sever’s disease, seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can accurately diagnose sever’s disease in patients and provide your child with the appropriate treatment options to manage the condition.
What is 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 of Sever’s Disease
Acute pain – pain asscoiatied 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.
Improper pronation – the rolling of the foot during walking or running and obesity are all linked to causing Sever’s disease.
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