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Philip Schrumpf, DPM
2835 Fort Missoula Road
Physician Center 3, Suite 304
Missoula, MT 59804


Who Is Prone to Developing Sever’s Disease?

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

A condition that affects the heel in growing children and young adults is commonly referred to as Sever’s disease. It can cause extreme pain and discomfort, and generally affects children that participate in sporting activities. It happens when the growth plate in the heel undergoes stress, and this can cause inflammation in the heel. A growth spurt can cause the bones to grow faster than the tendons, resulting in tension in the heel. The symptoms that patients can experience often include severe heel pain, limping, or walking on tiptoes, and the pain may be worse upon arising. Relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated or by wearing shoes that have adequate cushioning. Additionally, performing stretches that help to loosen the Achilles tendon can be beneficial in providing relief. If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, it is strongly urged that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and offer various treatment options for Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Philip K. Schrumpf, DPM from Active Feet Clinic. Our doctor 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Missoula, MT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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