And while children can sometimes suffer the same sorts of injuries that befall their parents, such as plantar fasciitis, their heel pain is often caused by a condition that only affects kids—Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis. Although the symptoms can seem very similar to “adult” forms of heel pain, the causes (and therefore the most appropriate treatments) can be quite different.
A note to parents: If your child complains of heel pain, take it seriously! While most cases can be treated non-surgically, it’s important to get a firm diagnosis and take the appropriate treatment steps prescribed by a trusted foot and ankle expert. This helps ensure your child can return to play quickly, and does not damage their feet in ways that could lead to longer-lasting problems.
How Do I Stop Sever’s Disease from Coming Back?
This condition is sometimes inevitable due to the activity and growth of your child. However, there are several steps your child can take to reduce the risk of future episodes, or at least make them shorter and less severe.
- Make sure your child wears appropriately fitting and supportive shoes. This includes when they’re indoors, especially if you have tile, cement, or hardwood floors in high traffic areas. If we have prescribed custom orthotics, they should wear those consistently as well.
- Make sure your child warms up before strenuous activity and cools down afterward. Calf stretches are particularly important. Ask us for appropriate stretches for your child.
- If your child starts to complain or you notice any of the above symptoms, seek treatment as soon as possible. Receiving care sooner rather than later can dramatically reduce both the severity and time of their treatment. We are here to get them back into their favorite sport or activity as soon as possible.
Remember, foot pain is not normal—no matter what age! If your child is struggling with heel pain, make sure he or she gets the care they need. Call Waco Foot & Ankle at (254) 776-6995, or request an appointment online today.