Sever’s Disease is a common cause of activity related heel pain in active growing children between the ages of 8 and 14. It normally occurs through overuse, inappropriate footwear, pronating feet, or a period of rapid growth, resulting in the growth plate of the heel bone becoming inflamed and painful
The good news is that the pain will cease when the growth plate fuses, but it can be severe enough to require many weeks of rest from sport. Football boots will often cause more pain than runners.
Early diagnosis and management can help get our smaller athletes back on track and pain free much sooner.
To help prevent Sever’s Disease, you can these easy to manage steps:
- Manage the volume of running in the growing athlete
- Ensure footwear is good quality and appropriate for foot type
- Ensure that strength throughout the limb is adequate for the chosen sport
- Ice after activity
- Modify activity levels
- Parents can massage their child’s calves
- Consider footwear assessment
- Help identify weaknesses or muscle tightness
- Initiate biomechanical correction through strength control for the foot, ankle, hip and knee
- Advise regarding footwear and recommend inserts for the runner or boots if appropriate
- Guide a graduated return to activity