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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 25, 2015
Tags: sever's disease  

Children’s feet are more flexible and elastic than adult’s feet. Thus, children tend to have less injuries in the feet. However, children’s heels are still sensitive and due to this, they are unfortunately prone to injuries.

When children grow, their feet grow with them! The bones of the feet grow faster than the leg muscles and the tendons. The heel is the last part to fully harden so this ends up causing stiffness and tightness in the muscles, making the feet less flexible and putting pressure on the heel plate. This is especially true in very active children or children who play sports from an early age as they are at risk to develop pain in their heels. This pain is what is known as Sever’s Disease. Technically, it is not a disease and sounds scarier than it is. Sever’s, also called calcaneal apophysitis, is a type of bone disorder that is caused by pain and swelling in the heel plate. Sever’s can usually be spotted in growing children who are between the ages of 8-15 years old.

 

Who is at Risk?

  • Active children
  • Children who play sports – Soccer, Basketball or Gymnastics
  • Child that runs or jumps a lot
  • Overweight or obese children
  • Children with flat or arched feet
  • People who stand for long periods of time

Symptoms

  • Pain or redness in the heels
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Limping
  • Toe walking

Prevention

  • Wearing the right athletic shoes
  • Arch supports in shoes

Home Treatment

  • Heel cushions
  • Stretching exercises
  • Icing the area

Severe Pain That Doesn’t Go Away

Parents should schedule an appointment with a board certified podiatrist for severe heel pain that doesn’t go away or improve with home treatment. Sever’s disease and heel fractures are hard to identify and chronic pain should be immediately evaluated by a doctor.

Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist specializing in children’s foot and ankle care and Clark Podiatry is where you need to go.

At your first visit, Dr. Brandon Macy and his staff will meet with you to find out all your concerns. After a thorough examination, he will want to know more about any physical or sports related activity that you are involved in. He may perform a ‘squeeze’ test and pinch the heels to diagnose Sever’s Disease or he may ask you to stand on your toes to see if there is any discomfort. Although, X-rays are not required, Dr. Brandon Macy may perform them to rule out any fractures. After diagnosis, he will design a complete treatment plan to have you feeling healthy and fit in no time! Sever’s is best if immediately treated. Children will begin to see improvement in as little as two weeks to two months and can go back to leading a fun-filled, active lifestyle. Dr. Brandon Macy and his staff are conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us today at (732)382-3470.

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