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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sever's Disease: No Difference Noted in Various Treatments

If your son or daughter gets heel pain, nagging or very acute, between ages of 8 and 14, they may have an irritation of their growth plate. This is called Sever's disease or calcaneal apophysitis. The article documents that you can use physical therapy, orthotics, or a just wait and see attitude, and they probably will get better. But why not do it all? Find an insert that transfers the weight to the arch, home physical therapy with ice baths 20 minutes twice a day, formal physical therapy with electro-galvanic stimulation to ease the bone swelling, and some activity modification to not continue injuring it. Non-painful stretching of the achilles is also great 3-4 times a day. 

http://journals.lww.com/pedorthopaedics/Citation/2016/03000/Treatment_of_Calcaneal_Apophysitis___Wait_and_See.8.aspx

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