In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about heel pain in children. Many adults experience heel pain however, heel pain isn’t a condition that’s often associated with young children. In children, there’s a heel pain condition known as SEVER’S DISEASE and is also referred to as Calcaneal Apophysitis. It isn’t really a “disease” but more of a condition often due to overuse. Dr. Sever first reported it in 1912 as an inflammation of the apophysis, causing discomfort to the heel, mild swelling, and difficulty walking in growing children. An “apophysis” is an area of growth cartilage found throughout a child’s body and serves as an attachment site for their muscles and tendons. When a child is diagnosed with Sever’s Disease, they have an irritation of this area of growth cartilage in the heel’s growth plate where the Achilles tendon attaches.

Dr Reminga says, “I often see cases of Sever’s Disease. In fact, I have patients where it has been misdiagnosed. I recently had a young patient who had been suffering with heel pain for years. It prevented her from normal activities with her friends and during sports. She often had to sit out as a result of this condition. The family lived in a different part of the country until recently moving to the area. After exhaustive attempts to properly diagnose the child, she brought her into our office for an evaluation. The mother said the she had been told that her daughter would “grow out” of the condition. After years of hoping that would happen, the mother and the young child became discouraged. Upon examination I could see that the young girl had Sever’s Disease. I assured the mother that the name sounds worse than the condition and that I was confident I could help her child. With proper treatment, this is not a debilitating condition and is treatable non-invasively so the young patient can return to a normal active childhood.”

If your child has heel pain, a call to our office at Northern Foot Care Center is recommended. Listen to today’s program to learn more about Sever’s Disease and what can be done to help this condition. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.