If a child complains about pain in their heels, it could be a symptom of Sever’s disease, one of the most common causes of heel pain in young children and adolescents. Usually, children develop Sever’s disease following athletic activities, though it can occur in less active children, as well. The condition is caused by an inflamed growth plate in the heel. Though the pain can be intense, Sever’s disease is rarely serious. Most treatment options include over-the-counter medications, rest, and a change of footwear.
The main symptom of Sever’s disease is pain or soreness originating from the heel of the foot. Usually, the pain begins at the back and spreads to the sides or bottom of the heel. If the child continues activities requiring walking or running, the pain can worsen. Some children with Sever’s disease experience swelling and redness around the heel. Walking often feels painful and stiff. Children with Sever’s disease may begin to walk on tiptoes or with a limp to avoid placing pressure on their heel.
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