SEVER'S DISEASE OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED AS PLANTAR FASCIITIS
posted: Jul 28, 2019.
Sever's disease commonly occurs during growth spurts (typically affecting nine to 12-year-olds), when the heel bone over-pulls the Achilles tendon, which then puts pressure on the growth plate bone in the middle of the foot. "It is aggravated by ill-fitting school shoes, such as ballet pumps and flat baseball shoes, - often noticeable when children wear new shoes in September," says Emma Supple, of the College of Podiatry.
"It's worse in winter when children are on wet ground and their heels sink in, so the tendon pulls harder to get back into place." Children with the condition find it painful when their heels are squeezed - but GPs wrongly diagnose it as plantar fasciitis (when tissue on the sole of the foot becomes inflamed), which only affects adults, she says.
Source: Cara Lee, Daily Mail
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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