- Is your child complaining of heel pain?
- Is your child complaining of calf muscle tightness?
- Has your child had a recent growth spurt?
- Is your child stopping physical activity because their heel is sore?
Your child may be suffering from Sever’s Disease.
What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease also known as Calcaneal Apophysitis, is a common condition in young adolescents, where the growth plate within the heel is injured by excessive forces. Those forces include running, jumping, hopping and any other high load movement of the foot and ankle.
Prior to puberty the calf bones begin to grow faster than the surrounding soft tissue placing greater pressure on the Achilles tendon connection into the growth plate of the heel.
Who’s at risk?
- Active children between 8 – 15 years of age
- Children that toe walk
How to fix the problem?
- Initially rest is the most important factor. Ongoing repetitive strain will only inflame the growth plate forcing the adolescent to spend more time away from sport.
- A modified, appropriate training program by your child’s Physiotherapist is ideal.
- Hands-on treatment is very effective. The calf muscles tightness needs to be reduced through various ways from your child’s Physiotherapist.
- Calf stretches and strengthening exercises provided by your Physiotherapist will help speed up the recovery.
- Unloading the calf and Achilles through taping is also effective as it helps to decrease the tension placed on the growth plate.
So what are you waiting for?
Come in and see our fantastic Physiotherapists for a consultation and get your child’s pain reduced and function restored to its full ability.