ankle-foot-orthoticsWith the start of the school season comes the start of the school sports season, and for many parents this means ensuring their children avoid sports injuries. Sever’s disease is one of the most common overuse injuries that can develop, and is especially common in children ages 8 to 15. To avoid injuries, make sure kids stretch before playing to warm and loosen the muscles, wear the proper shoes for the sport, and avoid repetitive motions that may place stress on the bones and muscles.

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will attend to all of your 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.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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