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Understanding Sever’s disease and misdiagnosis

When people from Michigan go to see a doctor, they’re making themselves vulnerable to a professional they trust. That’s why misdiagnosis can feel like such a violation. People trust their doctors to be informed, up to date and careful in treating them. Luckily, there are many resources available to help people find out about commonly misdiagnosed conditions.

Sever’s disease

Sever’s disease is one example of a condition that’s often misdiagnosed. This disease is related to the foot but sometimes causes pain in the ankle as well. It’s commonly caused by overuse of the same muscles. In recent years, Sever’s disease has been seen more frequently in adolescents who play sports.

Unfortunately, Sever’s disease is often missed by doctors. Non-specialist general practitioners may mistake it for plantar fasciitis or some kind of tendonitis. Missing the correct diagnosis of Sever’s disease is serious; it can mean that children endure continued pain.

With rest and over-the-counter medications, Sever’s disease can be very manageable. But when it’s not diagnosed correctly, young people may find themselves facing more problems during the same intense workouts that caused the issue in the first place. Participating in intense workouts like plyometrics with Sever’s disease can cause more pain.

Parents of young athletes should be careful and ensure that their children participate in a variety of activities. They really do need rest days. Even though kids have lots of energy, bodily structures like joints need a break from strain.

What to do about a misdiagnosis

In cases where a misdiagnosis has occurred, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney. If a child’s condition worsened because of a medical error, there’s a chance they may be entitled to damages. An experienced lawyer may help people understand if they have a case for malpractice.

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