Can Sever’s Condition Be Treated?
Era Health clinics see quite a few children and pre-teens come in with Sever’s condition. It usually affects pre-teen sports players, and is causes by repetitive overuse of the area near the foot were the Achilles tendon meets the bone. It should be treated if the child is feeling pain and wishes to continue playing sport rigorously. It may persist into adulthood if left unchecked–though that is rarely the case.
Who is at risk from Sever’s Condition?
In technical terms, anybody is at risk from Sever’s Condition, but it tends to happen more in young boys up to the age of thirteen. It can be treated, and only in the rarest cases do Era Health podiatrists see the condition persist into old age. It may also happen if:
• You have a gait that rolls inwards
• Have flat feet
• Have a weight problem
• Have poor-fitting shoes
• Have to stand for long periods of time
• Playing high impact sports such as soccer will increase your risk
Why do I have Sever’s Condition?
It is a typical sports injury that happens to your Achilles tendon where it attaches to the bone. Your epiphyseal growth plate is at the end of a developing bone, and is where cartilage turns to bone. Inflammation of the area may happen, which causes pain, but no warmth or swelling. The sufferer may find it difficult to walk and feel pain that then disappears during rest. It is possible to get it as an adult, especially if you play a lot of sport, but it is far more common in pre-teens.
How do Era Health podiatrists in Melbourne CBD treat Sever’s Condition?
Usually an anti-inflammatory medication is provided, and the suffer will be ordered to rest. Softer shoes may be required in order to speed up recovery a little. They may even recommend that the sufferer use ice followed by heat in order to make the condition feel less uncomfortable. Heel cup orthotics may be recommended. Further checkups may be needed, as Sever’s condition can take anywhere from a month to a year to heal.
Do not try to push through the pain
If you are involved in sporting activities, or you cannot get away from using your feet without long periods of rest, then you must seek treatment. Trying to push through the pain will make it worse and may cause numerous other conditions. If you are in real trouble, then you may be asked to wear a cast for up to three months so that you can heal correctly.