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Children have very resilient bodies; however, children can also be particularly susceptible to developing certain foot conditions. Specifically, young children are prone to developing a condition known as Sever’s disease. This condition is an overuse injury caused by pulling on a child’s growing heel bone. Young athletes are at a higher risk of developing Sever’s disease. Symptoms of Sever’s disease can vary widely, but there are several relatively common symptoms of Sever’s disease. For example, children with this condition often have heel pain. Young patients may also experience tenderness in the foot when squeezed at the back. As a result of this condition, a patient could even potentially experience some warmth and swelling in the affected foot. If your child struggles with heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst Jackson Heights, and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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