What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease occurs when the growth plate of the heel experiences trauma, typically through impacts or repetitive stress.
As a child matures, many bones have an exposed growth plate where new bone is generated. In the heel, this area is located in the lower back of the bone.
Until growth of the heel bone is complete, the growth plate is vulnerable to stress and impacts. Children who are more active in sports – especially those involving a lot of running and jumping – tend to be at high risk. But a child does not necessarily need to be extremely active to develop Sever’s disease. As the heel grows, it can outpace connected ligaments and muscles, which can cause excess pulling on the heel and also result in trauma.
Fortunately, “resting” does not mean doing nothing the whole time. We work with families to help find lower-impact exercises and routines that can keep kids moving with much lower risks.
Additional treatment recommendations may include:
- Changes to footwear
- Pain relief medication
- Cold therapy
- Stretches and exercises to condition connected ligaments and muscles
We might recommend more advanced treatments such as laser therapy for unique circumstances, but Sever’s disease typically responds well to general treatments alone.
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