Is your child complaining of heel pain? During growth spurts, Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, can be common in children and adolescents. This condition is the inflammation of the growth plate in the heel (calcaneus).
Sever’s disease is caused by repetitive stress to the heel. It most often occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, and tendons change rapidly.
- Heel pain and tenderness underneath the heel
- Mild swelling at the heel
Running, jumping, and other sports-related activities will bring on symptoms of the disease. Kids who are more active are more prone to Sever’s disease. In most cases, rest, over-the-counter medication, and stretching the calf muscles will help relieve pain.
A visit to your Healthmark podiatrist is always a good idea to examine, diagnose and treat heel pain. In some cases, rest from activity may be required for several months, as well as implementing a strength and conditioning program. It is important to see a physician regarding heel pain to avoid damaging the growth plate.
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