Sever’s Disease is rear foot pain and/or ankle pain as a result of inflammation of the growth plate of the heel bone in children. The heel pain is often localized around the back of the heel. This condition most commonly affects children between the ages of 8 to 14 years. This type of condition commonly occurs in those children who are very active with sport.
What are the most common problems with sever’s disease?
Affected children will complain of pain in the rear of the foot which may impact upon their ability to run, play and/or participate in sport.
How do these problems arise?
The cause of the pain in Sever’s Disease is thought to be the tractional forces applied to the growth plate of the heel bone, the achilles tendon and the plantar fascia.
How can they be treated?
The good news is that this heel pain in children is very simple to treat and children usually respond very quickly once treatment of Sever’s Disease commences.
Treatment of Sever’s Disease usually involves a combination of ice therapy, activity review and/or modification, review of training surfaces, exercises, footwear review and orthotic inserts where foot function is causing excessive traction on the heel growth plate.
When should they be checked by a podiatrist?
In order to reduce pain and limit the effect Sever’s disease has on your child’s everyday life, it is advised that you consult a Podiatrist for assessment and specific treatment plan.
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
At Total Care Podiatry, we can tailor a treatment plan which is specific to your child’s individual needs and activities in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.