What is Sever’s disease?
Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition that affects the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneus) of growing children, typically between the ages of 8 to 14 years old, especially during growth spurts. It can also happen to kids who are active in sports or activities that involve a lot of running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces (such as basketball, gymnastics and track). It is not a disease but rather an overuse injury involving the growth plate at the back of the heel.
Symptoms of Sever’s Disease
Sever’s disease usually causes pain or tenderness in one or both heels. It also can lead to:
- swelling and redness in the heel
- stiffness in the feet when first waking up
- limping, or walking on tiptoes
- pain when the heel is squeezed on both sides
Symptoms are usually worse during or after activity and get better with rest.
- Physical Activity: Participating in high-impact sports or activities that involve running, jumping or repetitive stress on the heel can contribute to the condition.
- Growth Spurts: Rapid growth during adolescence can cause the Achilles tendon to pull on the growth plate, leading to inflammation and pain.
Are you suffering from any foot condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
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