A common injury that can occur in the youth population is called Sever’s Disease. This is an injury to the growth plate of the calcaneus, or heel bone, that can occur from many things such as repetitive stress, or trauma. It is mostly found in the active population in those who participate in sports or activities with repetitive heel striking.
It is important to see a foot and ankle specialist, such as Dr. Nelson for proper diagnosis and to rule out any other sort of similar presenting issues, such as a stress fracture, tendon tear or rupture, or Achilles tendonitis. The first step is to start with an X-Ray of the foot.
Treatment options vary based on the individual and severity of the condition. Activity modification in the form of rest, heel lifts, and proper inserts are crucial to provide proper anatomical and biomechanical support. Acute pain can be treated with anti-inflammatories and ice. Stretching and mobility exercises can be used for further prevention and recurrence.
Is your child walking on their toes to avoid pain? Limping after sports practice? Complaining of pain routinely? Schedule a visit with Dr. Nelson to help your child get treated properly and to get your child back on their feet.