Struggling with Sever’s Disease

Daddy! My heel hurts really bad!,” my daughter moaned to me. I turned to see her squeezing her heel on the couch, eyes welling up with tears.

Did you step on something?” I asked as a sat down next to her.

And, that’s how it all started.  A month later and visits to two doctors we had a diagnosis.  My daughter, eleven, has Sever’s Disease.

Apparently, the foot is one of the areas of the body that grows the fastest.  This quick growth stretches the achilles tendon to a point where it begins to constantly pull on the growth plate that kids have in their heel.  This causes the plate to become irritated and hurt.  They outgrow it but for the time being it causes problems.

My daughter, the star goalie for her school team, can no longer play soccer.  My daughter, the purple belt in Tae Kwon Do can no longer do karate.  She’s not happy that she is forced to miss these activities that she really enjoyed.

To be honest, the Mom and I are just happy we have a diagnosis.  For a time there, it was scary because the podiatrist we first went to didn’t know why her foot hurt.  He put her in a cast for two weeks and ended up casting her foot in the wrong position.  She was in more pain than before.

Anyway, long story and I’m glad it’s behind us.

All the best

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