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Health Information For Teens
Sever’s disease is a swelling and irritation of the growth plate in the heel. The growth plate is a layer of
near the end of a bone where most of the bone’s growth happens. It is weaker and more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone.
With proper management, Sever’s disease usually goes away within a few months and doesn’t cause lasting problems.
Sever’s disease usually causes pain or tenderness in one or both heels. It also can lead to:
Symptoms are usually worse during or after activity and get better with rest.
Sever’s disease happens during the growth spurt of puberty. During a growth spurt, the bones, muscles, and tendons grow at different rates. The muscles and tendons can become tight, pulling on the growth plate in the heel. Activities and sports pull on the tight muscles and tendons, injuring the growth plate. This injury leads to the pain of Sever’s disease.
Less often, Sever’s disease can happen from standing too long, which puts constant pressure on the heel.
Sever’s disease usually happens in kids and teens who are:
To diagnose Sever’s disease, health care providers:
Usually no testing is needed. Although Sever’s disease can’t be seen on X-rays, health care providers sometimes order them to check for other problems.
A teen with Sever’s disease needs to cut down or avoid all activities that cause pain. Walking and non-weight bearing exercises (like swimming) are usually OK.
These steps can help if you have Sever’s disease:
Sometimes a short leg cast is put on for about a week if:
Teens can go back to sports when the activity does not cause any pain.
With rest, Sever’s disease usually gets better within 2 weeks to 2 months. Most teens can do all of the sports and activities that they did before.
After healing, you can help prevent Sever’s disease from coming back by:
Usually by age 15, the growth plate is finished growing. After that, you won’t get Sever’s disease again.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, damaging a bone, tendon, or joint.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an overuse injury that can cause knee pain in teens, especially during growth spurts. Learn more.
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
A sprained ankle is a very common injury that happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. Find out how to avoid ankle sprains and what to do if you get one.
A hamstring strain happens when one or more of the muscles in the back of the leg gets stretched too far and starts to tear. Find out how to treat hamstring strains in this article for teens.
Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon.
Gymnastics is a great sport and a fun way to get a muscular, toned body. But, it also presents a very real risk of injury. To keep things safe during practice and competition, follow these tips.
It’s fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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