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Sever’s Disease and Young Adults

The medical term for a condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease is known as calcaneal apophysitis. It can typically happen to children who are between 9 and 12 years of age. Young adults who actively participate in sporting events may develop Sever’s disease. It is defined as heel pain that occurs in the growth plate, where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel. It could happen as a result of a sudden growth spurt, or if there is a significant increase in a running or jumping activity. This condition often causes severe pain and discomfort, and it is beneficial to rest the affected foot as often as possible. Many parents encourage their children to temporarily refrain from practicing the activities that caused the injury, until the symptoms diminish. It may help to wear custom made orthotics depending upon the severity of the pain. If you feel your child may have Sever’s disease, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

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.

Symptoms

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.

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