April 12th, 2012 → 11:38 pm @ admin
Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in young teenagers. Severs disease us an injury to the growing apophysis at the back of the heel bone. It is more common in those who are more active, have a higher body weight and have tight calf muscles. All of these predispose the level of strain that predisposes to Severs disease. The main symptoms of Severs disease are pain at the back of the heel bone that is more painful on lateral squeezing of the back part of the bone. This can make the child limp. The treatment of Severs disease is to address the issues that caused the problem and use a heel raise to protect the growth plate and pull from the Achilles tendon. A reduction in activity levels is also important for those with severs disease. If this does not help, then a walking brace is used. Severs disease is self-limiting in that by the mid-teens, the growth plate merges with the body of the calcaneus.
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