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By Jeff Petty DPM
December 11, 2014
Category: heel pain

With football season well underway and now in playoffs, Corsicana Foot & Ankle is seeing an influx in children/teenagers suffering from heel pain. Even though there are a number of possible causes for this heel pain in children, the vast majority of these kids are 

suffering from a condition known as Sever’s Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis).  This is most commonly seen in kids from 8-15 years old that are active.

Sever’s Disease is inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. In Sever’s Disease it is the Achilles tendon that applies the force to the  heel bone and irritates the growth plate. Symptoms include pain at the back/bottom of the heel bone near to the insertion of the Achilles tendon which can be present  during or after playing a sport or being active. This causes the child to walk or run with a limp due to the pain. Right now, many of our local young people are playing football in non supportive cleats and without proper stretching technique. This helps cause Severs Disease and brings them into theCorsicana Foot Clinic.

Treatment of Sever’s Disease

The immediate goal of treatment is pain relief. Because symptoms generally worsen with activity, the main treatment for Sever’s disease is rest, which helps to relieve pressure on the heel bone, decreasing swelling and reducing pain. Corsicana Foot & Ankle recommends reducing or avoiding all activities that cause pain until symptoms are gone.  The child is able to do things that do not put pressure on the heel, such as swimming and biking.

It is also very important to perform foot and leg exercises to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles and tendons as well as to apply ice to the heel for 20 minutes two or three times per day to help reduce swelling and pain. Take an over-the-counter medicine to reduce pain and swelling, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin). In some cases, Dr. Petty will place the child into orthotics or even use a walking cast to reduce pressure and allow for healing.

If your child suffers from heel pain or limps after activity, call Corsicana Foot & Ankle and we will get them pain free. We cater to cowards so call today. (903) 872-9910.



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