A very common source of heel pain in your children’s feet is Sever’s disease. It affects children who are still growing, whose tendons pull on the growth plate of the heel. When children are very active in sports, this growth plate can become inflamed. This causes pain, swelling, difficulty walking or running, and overall discomfort. The condition will stop occurring after your child is finished growing, but until then there are a number of ways to ease their pain. The best starting place is to have them rest from activity. You can help them ice and elevate their feet to keep the pain and swelling down. We may prescribe medication that can help with pain and inflammation, as well. We can also use physical therapy and leg stretches to ease the tension on the heel.
If you have further questions about treating your child’s Sever’s disease, call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to schedule an appointment in one of our three Massachusetts offices.