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Has your child been complaining of heel pain? Sever's disease may be the reason. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offers treatment for the disease and other foot and ankle conditions that affect your family's feet in his offices in Gainesville and South Riding, VA.
What is Sever's Disease?
Sever's disease, formally known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a painful inflammation that affects the growth plate in the heel. Growth plates are areas of cartilage found at the ends of the long bones in a child's body. As he or she grows, the cartilage is gradually replaced with bone.
The disease typically affects kids during a puberty-related growth spurt. It's most common in girls between the ages of 8 and 13 and boys between 10 and 15. During this time, it's not unusual for growth to occur very quickly. Sometimes, the heel bone grows faster than the muscles and tendons, which can cause them to tighten and place too much pressure on the bone. Fortunately, symptoms usually go away on their own after a few weeks or months.
What are the symptoms of Sever's disease?
These signs and symptoms often occur in children who have Sever's disease:
- Pain at the back of one or both heels
- Redness and swelling over the heel
- Stiffness first thing in the morning
- Trouble walking (particularly if your child has been very active)
Who get's Sever's disease?
Although any child can develop Sever's disease, it's more common in children who participate in sports that require jumping or running and may also be more likely to occur if your son or daughter is overweight or obese. Other risk factors include rolling the foot inward when walking, arches that are either flat or too high or differences in leg length.
How is Sever's disease treated?
Although convincing your son or daughter to stay off his or her feet for a few weeks may not be so easy, rest is an important part of your child's recovery. Your child's Gainesville or South Riding foot doctor may recommend exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons, heel pads or lifts to cushion the heel and reduce strain, or orthotics for flat feet or high arches. Shoes with plenty of cushioning will help reduce pain.
Does your child have any of the symptoms of Sever's disease? A visit to your Gainesville or South Riding, VA, foot doctor can help relieve his or her pain. Call (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.
Sever's Disease causes heel pain in growing children. Its causes and treatment is discussed here.
If your Gainesville podiatrist has diagnosed your child with Sever's Disease, you may be very concerned. Naturally, hearing the word "disease" associated with your child's health can be frightening. However, it is the most common foot-related problem in growing children and young teens. Here, Prince William Foot and Ankle Center addresses some common questions.
What is Sever's Disease?
Clinically referred to as calcaneal apophysitis, Sever's Disease is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. Since this area of the body continues to grow until a child is at least 14 years old, new bone is still gradually forming in this area located on the back of the heel. Repetitive use while playing sports or a structural problem in the foot, such as a high arch, can cause the growth plate to become inflamed and painful.
How did this happen?
A significant growth spurt happens between 8 and 15 years of age. During the same period of time, kids are often involved in sports. Those that involve running and jumping on hard surfaces, such as soccer, track, or basketball, are often the culprit of Sever's Disease. Less commonly, it can occur as a complication of obesity.
How can it be treated?
A visit to Prince William Foot & Ankle Center will determine the cause of your child's heel pain. A physical examination and X-rays will not only help Dr. Bhakta diagnose Sever's Disease, but also rule out any other potential problems. After that, he will likely recommend reducing activities, wearing inserts or supports inside the shoe to cushion the area, and anti-inflammatory medication. More severe cases may need physical therapy or immobilization to promote healing.
Can it happen again?
Because of the continuing growth, there is a chance that Sever's Disease will recur. It can be prevented by wearing high-quality, supportive footwear, particularly during sports. It is also important not to urge children to engage in activities beyond their comfort or skill level.
If your child is complaining of foot pain, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Prince William County foot and ankle specialist, for a thorough evaluation.