"One of the most common soccer injuries we have seen is the large number of young soccer players complaining of heel pain. This problem is often caused by a condition known as apophysitis of the calcaneus or Sever’s disease. This condition consists of an inflammation of the growth area of the heel bone which has not completely matured, or closed together, and has developed in two parts. It is most commonly seen in boys and girls between the ages of 10-15. The pain is usually present in the back of the heel and is more pronounced in running and jumping sports," says Robert Weiss, DPM.
|Dr. Robert Weiss
"Treatment consists of x-ray evaluation to make a proper diagnosis and to rule out any bone fractures. An orthotic insert is often needed to correct the biomechanical imbalances which may be causing a jamming effect on the heel plate; additionally, the elimination of any cleated shoes with less than four cleats in the heel area. In summary, watch for any warning signals; when a child complains of heel pain, there is usually a need for examination," says Dr. Weiss.
Source: Fairfield Citizen [4/26/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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