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Sever's Disease: You'll Grow Out of It!

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There are no long-term problems associated with this disease. However, if your child continues to experience pain and does not seem to be getting any better, despite the treatment measures, be sure to let your doctor know.

The key to preventing Sever’s disease is to encourage your child to maintain good flexibility while he or she is growing. Stretching exercises can reduce the risk for injuries during a growth spurt. Be sure to check into good quality shoes that offer firm support and a shock-absorbent sole. It is best to have your child avoid excessive running on hard surfaces.

My son’s feet are getting better, but he still has pain from time to time. He has found that when he mixes up his exercise routines, it helps. He has gone from running every day to discovering the joy of the elliptical machine! He has also discovered that this is an ideal time to ask for those more expensive and durable shoes, as “they are better for my feet, Mom!”

(Information for this post was found at http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuires/158.html)

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I had Sever's disease as a kid (I was a gymnast) and 2 of my sons have had it, both around the ages of 11or 12. It can be inherited, as my kids' pediatrician has told me. I recognized the signs right away when the first of my boys described his symptoms. Both of my sons with Sever's play football and lacrosse. They also wrestle, but didn't experience as much pain with wrestling, as there is not much running involved. They were also told to use ice, do stretching exercises and wear pads in their heels. The pediatrician also recommended taking some Advil about 15-30 minutes prior to practicing or playing their sports, which really seemed to help them. The good news is that one of them was relieved of the pain after 6 months and the other had pain for about one year. They are both pain-free right now and active as ever! By the way, some people are more familiar with the same condition in the knee which is called Osgoodslaughter's disease. My sons were glad their form of it was easier to pronounce!

August 5, 2010 - 7:55pm
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