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Sever’s Disease
if your child has heel pain, call Heel Pain Center of Atlanta

If you child is experiencing pain near the back of the heel or if their heel is swollen, give the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta a call today.

Many people have never heard of Sever’s disease, but it’s actually a common injury in children and adolescents. Also called calcaneal apophysitis, it’s a bone disorder that can be painful, but thankfully, it’s only temporary and shouldn’t affect your child later in life. Even though it’s not permanent and will go away after time, you should still make an appointment with the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta if you suspect that something is wrong.

What exactly is Sever’s Disease?

Children have growth plates in their heels that change as they get older. In some children, the plates become inflamed and cause pain. Severs disease is most prevalent in children going through puberty because of all the growing that is going on. While any child can get this disorder, it’s more likely to affect a kid that’s physically active. According to KidsHealth, your child’s more likely to get Sever’s disease if he or she:

  • has a foot that rolls in when he or she walks
  • has a foot with an abnormal arch
  • has one leg that is shorter than the other
  • is overweight

What are the symptoms?

The most noticeable symptom is pain near the back of the heel. A child can get Severs disease in one or both feet. If your child’s heel is swollen, he or she is having trouble walking normally or he or she has stiff feet when waking up, Severs disease could be the problem. The pain is usually worse when exercising and not as bad after resting.

Are there treatment options?

If your child has Sever’s disease, the problem will fix itself with time, so the main point of treatment is to lessen the pain associated with the disorder. You child’s doctor might recommend:

  • reducing or eliminating activity the puts stress on the foot
  • foot and leg exercises
  • pain medication
  • icing and elevating the foot
  • compression stockings
  • a cast to immobilize the foot

Treatment can last from a couple weeks to a few months.

We at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta know how uncomfortable it can be for someone to deal with Sever’s disease, so if you think your child may have it, give us a call to make an appointment as soon as possible.