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When your children participate in sports, it can help them develop physically and socially. It’s a great way to keep them physically active, but it also comes with risks of injury. In particular, for children ages 9 to 14, Sever’s Disease can affect their growing heel bones. This disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is usually brought on by an injury while playing sports.

What is it?

Sever’s Disease is a condition of pain that develops as a result of overuse. Children playing sports that include walking, running or jumping can experience painful heels from the repetitive impact on the growth plate. Since the heel bone and tendons are still growing, they are more at risk of injury.

What are the symptoms?

When children complain of heel pain or limp due to heel pain, the foot should be examined. The pain is felt mostly along the bottom and rear of the heel, and may show no exterior symptoms. Our podiatrist can check for a sure sign of the disease by using the “squeeze test”, in which the sides of the heel are squeezed, causing immediate discomfort or pain for the child. Remember that prolonged pain in the feet is not normal and should not be attributed to “growing pains”.

How is it treated?

The immediate treatment includes resting and icing the heel bone to reduce pain and inner inflammation of the growth plate.

  • If the heel feels discomfort sometimes, but not all the time: Some children may insist on finishing the season. If the pain is not severe, your child may be able to use heel cups, stretching exercises, and orthotics to prevent worsening symptoms. After the season, you’ll need to rest the feet to allow for recovery.
  • If putting weight on the foot is painful all the time: This may indicate a severe condition and your child should stop activity for at least 2 weeks. In some cases, our podiatrist will recommend use of a walking boot or cast.

Sever’s Disease can sometimes resolve itself as the heel bone fully develops. This can be as simple as resting for several weeks, or continuous pain for many years. In other cases, it can lead to some developmental problems as the bone continues to grow. In very rare cases of severe injury, bone can break off at the point of attachment to the Achilles tendon.

While we understand the importance of finishing a season or your child not wanting to miss out on sports activities, it’s better to come see us for treatment to decide whether or not they should continue playing. Treating earlier can mean missing out on less of their favorite activities. Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Our team is here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 24, 2017
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

A rolled or twisted ankle is not uncommon in many sports, especially ones with high-impact or contact. Many times, the momentary pain can go away in a matter of a few seconds, while other times, it can leave your child with immense pain and swelling. In scenarios of severe pain after a turn, roll, or twist that is too fast, too far, or at a steep angle, it is most likely due to a sprain. When ligaments that connect the ankle and leg bones are stretched too much or torn, it’s called a sprain.

Types and Grades of Sprains

  • Inversion or Lateral Ligament Sprain: This is when the ankle rolls out and the bottom of the foot faces inward and upward. The outer ligaments of the ankle are damaged.
  • Eversion or Medial Ligament Sprain: This is when the ankle rolls inward and the bottom of the foot faces outward. This type of injury to the ligaments on the inside of the ankle are very rare.
  • Chronic Sprains: If a sprain is reinjured repeatedly in a 4 to 6 week period, it can be categorized as chronic sprain. When the sprain does not heal during this time, symptoms can flare up when the ankle is engaged with rolling or twisting movement.
  1. Grade 1 Sprain is when the ligament is overstretched.
  2. Grade 2 Sprain is when the ligament is partially torn.
  3. Grade 3 Sprain is when the ligament is completely torn.

Symptoms and Treatment

If your child has a sprain injury, you may see the following symptoms: pain, swollen ankle, and inability to bear weight or use the ankles.

If symptoms seem mild, as with a grade 1 sprain, you can try to treat the sprained ankle at home. Home treatment would include the RICE method: Rest (stay off the ankle), Ice (for 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain), Compression (Use a wrap or compression sleeve to reduce swelling), Elevation (prop the ankle on pillows to be as close to heart level as possible when sitting or lying down). Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken if necessary.

However, if your child’s sprain seems to get worse, or if he or she is experiencing severe pain and cannot bear weight on the ankle, you should call our podiatrist right away. Our podiatrist may recommend the use of crutches, immobilization with a split or a walking cast, depending on how bad the injury is.

If your child has a severely sprained ankle, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can find the best treatment option for your child’s recovery. We are located in Clark, NJ in Union County and our team is ready to help! We keep you walking.

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