Heel pain in children
Not a disease but rather a condition, Sever's disease effect children usually between the ages of between the ages of 7 and 10.
Sever's is a result of rapid growth of the muscles and tendons that attach to the heel. The Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone adjacent to the growth plate of the Calcaneum or heel. Pain is a result of excessive pulling or traction of the growth plate. (The growth plate will not detach)
The child usually feels pain localised to the heel at the insertion of the tendon. Pain is worse after activity and relieved with rest. In some cases the child will walk on their toes to avoid pain.
At Beaumont Hills Physiotherapy we will assist in correctly diagnosing your child's pain and suggest strategies to manage the condition. A full biomechanical assessment is performed to identify contributing factors and these will be address.
It is important to note Sever's is a self limiting condition, that is, pain will eventually 100% resolve. This occurs when the growth plate fuses. Sever's is treated with activity modification (full rest is rarely indicated or effective), stretches and strengthening exercises. Your child may also benefit from taping or Orthotic correction if required.
Sever's disease usually responds well to Physiotherapy and allows you child to continue their chosen activity with comfort.
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