What is Sever’s disease?
Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis. It is not as severe as its name may lead you to think. Sever’s disease is an inflammation (swelling) of the growth plate in the calcaneus bone, or the heel bone. SD is very common in active growing kids, effecting boys more than girls. SD usually occurs during a growth spurt around the age ranges of 8-13 years old in females and 10-15 years old in males. Kids often complain about certain shoes or cleats hurting them during practices, games, or even at recess. You will notice a decrease in physical activity in your child. Certain extreme foot types can exacerbate their symptoms, such as a flat feet or high arches. SD is also common in overweight children.
How is it treated?
Sever’s disease, or childhood heel pain, is often treated similarly to adult heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Stretching exercises are usually the first line of defense. You really need to help release all these tight posterior compartment muscles in your lower leg, i.e. your calf muscles. Your local podiatrist should have more information and can properly train your child on how to do these exercises. There’s also RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The RICE treatment is used to relieve some of the swelling at the heel bone. Also heel cups and inserts can be worn in shoes, such as sneakers and cleats, to help the posterior calf muscles pull less on the heel bone. If the pain isn’t relieved by the above listed treatments, maybe an oral anti-inflammatory medication would help relieve some symptoms. However, oral anti-inflammatory medicines will only help with symptom relief and won’t be treating the underlying cause. To treat the root cause, one must loosen up the posterior calf muscles and allow the heel bone to rest. This is the main source of treatment for Sever’s disease.
If you or someone you know might be interest in discussing more about your child’s heel pain, come into the office of Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.
How to prepare your kids feet for the busy start of a new school year?
Everybody looks forward to the new school year; whether it’s the kids growing tired of the summer camps and preseason and missing their school friends, or parent’s anxiousness to get the kids out of the house again. So many focus on all the brand new supplies and fresh clothes that each new school year brings, but you also must have those final health checkups to start the year off right. There is a pull in the healthcare community for more preventative medicine to help patients be made aware of possible future health issues; opposed to having to treat something that could have been avoided all together. So before you send your kids on their way to a new school year, make sure that you visit your podiatrist to check up on their foot and ankle health.
What do you need to have checked up on?
Kids are constantly growing and developing, especially in the early years of life. You hear of the astonishing stories that some kids grow up to 6 inches in a summer, but no one really talks about how that growth spurt can affect their feet. Not only can their feet get bigger and require larger shoes, but it can also mean major changes in their foot type, rectus, flat foot (no arch), or even cavus foot (high arches).
How important is having a proper foot check?
It is vital that we keep an eye on our little ones feet as they are growing; some conditions they can naturally grow out of, for example, toe walking or a pigeon-toed gate pattern. However, more severe pediatric conditions need further evaluation and treatment.
If you or someone you know might be interest in discussing more about your “back to school feet”, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
Hey all you FFA bloggers! Do you ever have a tingling feeling in your feet and legs after you start an afternoon walk or evening run? Does it ever feel like you are stepping on pins and needles during or after your exercise? Do these pains ever keep you from your exercise routine? If so you might want to consider coming into our office to discuss your symptoms.
There are many reasons that might cause you to have this type of pain. However, most of the time people complain about burning, pins and needle pain; they have some sort of nerve conduction disorder.
You might be asking yourself what in the world is a nerve conduction disorder? Nerves are what allow us to feel different sensations. They also sends signals to our muscles to move. Even though you might have good muscle strength, you might be suffering from a nerve problem. This type of nerve disorder might be from damage, previous trauma, including micro trauma, or other disorders. Basically, there is a disconnect from one nerve ending to another nerve ending creating misfire of the electrical impulses, thus causing you to feel pins and needles in your lower legs and feet. There are many tests and procedures that your local podiatrist can do to help you and your nerve disorder.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about the pins and needles you get when exercising with me or another one of our knowledgeable podiatrists, come on into the office of Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot and ankle concerns; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists! Don’t waste your time come on in to avoid any summertime sadness.
Hey all you FFA bloggers! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far! This hot and sultry weather has taken Frederick polar opposite from this past winter. I love it here in Maryland! Maryland gives its residents the opportunity to experience all the four seasons in each extreme. Even though humidity is the worst, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
If you follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts you already know that we sent a FFA running team to participate in the Baltimore 10 Miler and the Fairfield, CT Half-marathon. The half-marathon was in a cute little beach town right up I-95, from MD to CT. The course had many more hills than what you would expect for a beach course to have.
At both of these races we noticed a few participants running without shoes. That’s right, I repeat, they were running without shoes, socks, nada! And what was so disturbing was that they were running faster than me! Believe me when I say that I was keeping up a good pace throughout the races. When I was abruptly passed by a group of barefoot runners, I was thinking to myself, “Wow! They must have trained themselves to withstand harsh jagged rocks and the scorching hot pavement.” However, after the race I found this mysterious group of barefoot runners and here they were tending to their fresh foot wounds and limping around like they were in old age. And I, myself, was walking around like I could do round 2 with ease! So I wouldn’t recommend to anyone to run barefoot, especially on long distance races!
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about what shoes would best fit your particular foot type with me or another one of our knowledgeable podiatrists, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot and ankle concerns; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists! Don’t waste your time come on in to avoid any summertime sadness.
Hey all you FFA bloggers! Are you guys ready for the summertime? This past weekend was gorgeous; I hope many of you got to enjoy some family time outside, whether if it’s swimming, biking, or hiking! But if you have had some unsteadiness walking you must get checked out by your local podiatrist. Make sure that you are getting in to see your podiatrist for your fall risk assessment.
This fall risk assessment is something we do in the office to rate the amount of risk that you have of falling. Your unsteadiness might come from weak muscles, bones, unclear eyesight, or even your perception of the ground being altered. We take all of these risk factors and give you a score. Depending of this score you may need some anti-fall braces.
Anti-fall braces are lightweight and custom molded to fit each patient perfectly! They easily slip into your shoes and are comfortable to wear during any of your normal day-to-day activities. Anti-fall braces provide you with an equal balance of comfort and stability that you need when you are active and independent!
If you or someone you know has an unsteady gait (or walking pattern) and might be interested in discussing more about your foot and ankle health, a fall risk assessment, and anti-fall braces with me or another one of our knowledgeable podiatrists, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot and ankle concerns; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists! Don’t waste any time this season and come on in to avoid any summertime sadness.
By Nikki Ho
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