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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting children and adolescents, particularly those who are active in sports. Contrary to its name, Sever's disease is not a true disease but rather an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. This inflammation occurs due to repetitive stress or tension on the growth plate, often during periods of rapid growth. As a result, the heel becomes painful and tender, especially during physical activities like running or jumping. Despite its discomfort, Sever's disease does not cause long-term damage and typically resolves once the growth plate closes. However, proper management is critical to alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence. Treatment may involve rest, stretching exercises, wearing supportive footwear, and in severe cases, temporary activity modification. If your child has heel pain and enjoys participating in sporting activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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Monday, 20 May 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is susceptible to different kinds of injuries that can affect mobility and cause pain. Common injuries include Achilles tendonitis, Achilles bursitis, and Achilles tendon rupture. Achilles tendonitis is where repetitive stress and overuse lead to inflammation of the tendon, which causes pain and swelling near the heel. Achilles bursitis involves inflammation of the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac located near the heel bone. This condition causes similar symptoms to tendonitis but occurs at the back of the heel. An Achilles tendon rupture is more severe and involves a partial or complete tear of the tendon, often accompanied by sudden, sharp pain and an inability to walk properly. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the injury but may include rest, targeted stretching exercises, and in severe cases of rupture, surgical intervention. Regular visits to a podiatrist are important for proper diagnosis, management of symptoms, and guidance on rehabilitation to ensure effective recovery. If you have an injured Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson of Easton, PA. . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 May 2024 00:00

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