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What is Sever's Disease?


Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents. It is caused by inflammation of the growth plate (the area of developing bone) in the heel bone (calcaneus).

Sever's disease occurs when the muscles and tendons in the foot are pulling on the growth plate in the heel bone, causing irritation and inflammation. It is most common in children and adolescents who are active in sports and other activities that put strain on the heel bone, such as running and jumping.

Symptoms of Sever's disease include pain and tenderness in the heel, swelling, and difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. The pain may be worse when the affected foot is bearing weight or when the heel is squeezed.

A podiatrist can diagnose Sever's disease by examining the foot and asking about the patient's symptoms and activities. The podiatrist may also order X-rays or other imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for Sever's disease typically includes rest, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain. The patient may need to wear a boot or a cast to protect the foot and allow it to heal. In some cases, the podiatrist may recommend therapeutic exercises or other treatments to help the patient recover from the condition. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged growth plate.

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