Is your child complaining of heel pain and you don’t know what to do about it? It may be Seiver’s Disease, or Sever’s Disease. It sounds pretty scary, but read on to learn more about it.
Seiver’s Disease is characterized by pain in the heel of a child’s foot, and is typically brought on by some form of injury, trauma, or overuse of the bones and tendons in the heel. The disease can mimic Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon attached to the back of the heel.
The child’s heel typically looks normal. The main diagnostic tool is pain on medial- lateral compression of the calcaneus in the area of growth plate. That’s just a fancy way of saying the “squeeze test.”
This is something you only see in kids. In short, it’s an abnormal pull on the open growth plate by a tendon. This growth plate in the heel gets the Achilles pulling from the leg and the plantar fascia pulling from the foot and what results is OUCH! It can be very painful and tender to the touch.
We find this kind of problem in kids who are active in sports and kids who are carrying a little bit of extra weight which causes excess pounding on the foot! We also tend to see it more in boys, although occurs in girls as well.
Treatment of Heel Pain in Children
Treatment may consist of one or more of the following:
- Elevating the heel
- Stretching hamstring and calf muscles 2–3 times daily
- Using R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
- Foot orthotics
- Physical Therapy
- Icing daily(morning)
- Heating therapy
The condition usually does not cause long-term disability, and can go away on its own. It may take several weeks to get over or longer. It’s best to get your child’s heel looked at though if they are complaining of pain!
If your child is experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.
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