Does your tween or teen complain of heel pain especially after physical activities like soccer, track, basketball and gymnastics? If so he or she may suffer from Sever’s disease.
This chronic condition is a painful bone disorder resulting from an inflammation of the heel growth plate and usually occurs during the growth spurt in early puberty. The heel bone may grow faster than the leg’s tendons and muscles resulting in tenderness and a loss of flexibility in the heel.
Your child may experience tenderness and pain in one or both heels. Sever’s disease can cause limping because of difficulty when walking, and heels may be stiff first thing in the morning. It may be painful to squeeze the heel from the side.
Sever’s Disease Treatment
Fortunately this condition is temporary and symptoms are alleviated when the inflammation subsides. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of Your Next Step recommend rest, icing and elevation along with anti-inflammatory medications. Heel cushion inserts can provide heel pain relief and targeted exercises can strengthen and stretch lower leg tendons and muscles.
Contact Us if your Child Suffers from the Heel Pain of Sever’s Disease
If your child has symptoms of Sever’s disease, call us for an evaluation appointment. You can reach our Ardmore and Downingtown offices at 610-642-8837 and our Paoli office at 610-644-6501. Feel free to browse our website for more information and to contact us. Our board certified or qualified podiatrists can accurately diagnose your child’s heel pain and begin a treatment program immediately.
Announcing Your Next Step’s New Office in Downingtown
Your Next Step is proud to announce that we are opening a third office in Downingtown on September 1st! Conveniently located at 797 East Lancaster Avenue in Suite #9, this office serves Downingtown and the western Chester County area. The new office is a short taxi ride from the Daylesford train station.
The podiatrists of Your Next Step will see patients at the Downingtown office on Monday from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm; Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm; Wednesday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 am. The Downingtown office joins our Ardmore and Paoli offices to assist patients in Chester and Montgomery counties and the greater Philadelphia area. We hope to see you in our Downingtown office soon – call us at 610-642-8837 to make an appointment.