Is your child having heel pain? Children between the ages of 7 and 15 can have this condition known as Sever’s disease. This injury is common in physically active young people. It’s mostly seen in boys but is also present in young girls. It can occur from growth spurts, overloading and stress of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone hence why pain is seen in that area.
Some of the symptoms that your child may have is limping after physical activity. Especially if the sports or the activity requires running or jumping. Walking on toes, stiffness and tenderness around the heel are further symptoms that your child may also have.
There are many factors that can contribute to Sever’s disease. The amount of physical activity your child does (duration, type and frequency) and height and weight are all factors that can lead to this condition.
Physiotherapists can help diagnose this condition and assist with giving the child appropriate stretches, taping, hands on treatment and general advice on activity modification/ load. Podiatrists are also useful in helping selecting appropriate footwear +/- orthotics depending on the severity. If diagnosed early symptoms can last a few weeks to a few months. Consult our physiotherapists for move advice by booking in online or having a chat to us over the phone.