Growing Pains in Young Athletes

Growing up

The 1980s was flush with television shows that are now considered to be “classic” by those who fondly reminisce upon those years. There were a variety of family-centered sitcoms, but it’s hard for a foot doctor not to remember one called Growing Pains that featured the Seaver family. Now, the spelling is not quite the same, but phonetically, this is strikingly similar to the condition Sever’s disease, which is a growing pain experienced by adolescent children.

When it comes to pediatric heel pain, Sever’s disease is one of the more common conditions that we treat. This will typically happen during the adolescent years, right when children go through a growth spurt. The underlying issue is that the heel bone grows at a faster rate than do the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the foot. This creates too much tension on the soft tissue, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Symptoms for Sever’s disease include pain, redness, and swelling in either one or both of the heels. There also will often be tightness or tenderness in the back of the heel, which is apparent when the area is gently squeezed. The pain is typically worse after physical activity and will get better with rest.

Given the fact there is no long-term damage and the condition will resolve itself in time, treatment is centered on managing the symptoms. This is typically done with conservative methods like rest, ice, stretching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). As is the case with over-the-counter medication, be sure to check with our office for dosage recommendations.

When your son or daughter is dealing with heel pain, bring him or her to see the professionals here at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. We provide the effective care that can help alleviate symptoms, so schedule an appointment today by calling (512) 593-2949 for our Cedar Park, TX office or (512) 960-4290 for our Round Rock office. You can also schedule your son or daughter’s appointment at either location by using the request from found on our website.

Posted on August 11, 2015 .