Sever’s Disease is a common cause of heel pain in kids, which can sometimes be very painful. This bone disorder is a result of inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. Kids that are most active will develop Sever’s Disease which also occurs during their growth spurts. Such stress commonly results from physical activities and sports that involve running and jumping, especially those that take place on hard surfaces, such as track, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics. Poor-fitting shoes can also contribute to the inflammation of the foot by not providing enough support or padding for the heel. Pronated feet, flat or high arches, and obesity can also increase the chances of developing Sever’s Disease.
- Difficulty walking.
- Swollen or red heels.
- Walking with a limp.
- Stiffness in the feet while walking.
- Elevate and apply ice 2-3 times a day.
- Leg exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles.
- Take over the counter medication such as Motrin to alleviate the pain and reduce swelling.
- Heel lifts to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon.
If you notice that your child is limping and complaining about the pain in his/her heel, then it is time to go see a podiatrist. Dr. Hollander enjoys working with children and making them feel better. Give our office a call to schedule your child’s next appointment (707) 578-1222.
Alma R. Hernandez, PMA.