Heel pain

Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in children aged 8-13 years and affects males more than females. It is frequently seen in very active children who play outdoor sports, particularly at the start of the training season as the grounds are usually very hard after the summer season.

We are born with more bones in our feet than what we have as adults, the heel bone consists of two areas of bone known as ossification centres. These two areas are divided by an area of cartilage called growth plate.

As a child undergoes many growth spurts the bones can grow faster than the surrounding muscles. The Achilles tendon is a muscle that inserts into the back of the heel bone. When a growth spurt occurs the muscle can become pulled causing discomfort which can lead to inflammation and irritation of the growth plate known as Sever’s Disease. Sever’s disease can present with symptoms such as:

  • Heel pain on one or both feet
  • Limping
  • Pain after activity
  • Swelling around the heel

At Glad Feet Podiatry our Podiatrists will treat this condition with high level of care, we will watch your child walking and perform the necessary muscle and joint tests. We will also provide your child with a stretching program and possible orthotics to correct any misalignment in the posture of their foot.

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