by Dr. Brant McCartan
With the sun coming out, it’s about time that our kids get up off the couch to play outside. Outdoor sports are beginning and children (hopefully) are outside all day running around with friends. All of us here at Milwaukee Foot Specialists want to make sure that your kids’ foot pain does not limit them from enjoying the sun!
One of the more common limitations to children enjoying their youthful energy is Sever’s Disease. Sever’s Disease is a pathology that affects the heels of children in their high growth years (usually around 9-15), and it can be quite painful. It usually occurs due to repetitive trauma or impact at the heel. This means that if your child spends a lot of time running around (in sports, or just with friends) the continuous impact of his or her heel to the ground can cause this! Usually, most children will complain of heel pain specifically when they are active; these are considered milder cases. In more severe cases the pain may never cease, whether the child is active or not. Either way, if your child complains of heel pain, it’s time to come see us.
For starters, we will do a quick check of your child’s heel. An X-Ray and clinical examination will help us to ensure your child does not have more drastic heel issues like a fracture or even a bone infection that may look and act a lot like Sever’s disease. Once we make sure it is Sever’s Disease, we can help your child on the road to recovery. In most cases, treatment will include Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories or “NSAIDs” and resting the painful foot. A heel lift in the form of a small shoe insert can also be helpful. In severe cases, a cast may be required for a period of a few weeks. Also, a stretching regimen can help alleviate pain and keep problems from returning. All of this can be accomplished in a quick, painless visit so that your child can start enjoying their summer!