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sever's disease chiropractor in Carrollton, TX.

What is Sever's Disease?

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition that affects growing children, usually between the ages of 8 and 15. It is not actually a disease but rather a heel pain condition that occurs due to inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneus) where the Achilles tendon attaches. The growth plate is an area of developing tissue at the back of the heel where new bone is forming.

Sever's disease is commonly associated with activities that involve repetitive stress on the heel, such as running and jumping. The condition often occurs during the growth spurt that happens in puberty when the bones are growing rapidly. The repetitive stress from the Achilles tendon pulling on the growth plate, combined with the tightness and inflexibility of the calf muscles. 

Common Symptoms of Sever's Disease Include:

  1. Heel Pain:  Pain is typically felt at the back of the heel, especially during or after physical activity.

  2. Limping or Walking on Toes: Children with Sever's disease may try to relieve heel pain by walking on their toes.

  3. Tenderness and Swelling: The affected area may be tender to the touch, and there might be some swelling.

  4. Stiffness or Limited Range of Motion: Tightness in the calf muscles can contribute to stiffness and reduced flexibility.

How can Chiropractic care help Sever's Disease?

Chiropractic care can be helpful with recovery from Sever's Disease. Soft tissue therapies can be utilized to reduce tightness of the calf and reduce pulling of the Achilles tendon on the growth plate. Therapies such as dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, cupping, ultrasound therapy, or even other techniques can be used. 

Manipulation and joint mobilization around the foot and ankle can help to improve the biomechanics of the foot/arch and the ankle and also reduce pain as well. Gait and ergonomic assessments can be utilized to see if there any anything else further up the leg, in the hip, or at the pelvis that could be exacerbating the symptoms as well. Strengthening exercises of the foot, lower leg, and hip are helpful with reducing pain and increasing strength and stability as well. 

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