Children’s Heel Pain (Sever’s Disease)
Children's Heel Pain
CHILDREN'S HEEL PAIN
The Redcliffe Heel Pain Clinic sees a lot of children with heel pain. The main reason for this heel pain in children is a condition called Sever’s Disease. If your child has the following complaints, there is a solid reason for further investigation:
These symptoms will generally increase following periods of higher activity. Children who participate in sports such as soccer, AFL and netball present more commonly with this condition.
The Achilles tendon (the tendon that attaches the leg muscles to the foot) gets tight and pulls on a weak point where it attaches. The site of attachment is made of cartilage (it has not yet turned to bone) and is commonly referred to as the growth plate. The repetitive pulling of the Achilles tendon on the growth plate causes it to separate from the heel. There are many reasons why this may occur:
The ages this usually occurs are:
At the Redcliffe Heel Pain Clinic, a lot of young athletes present with Sever’s who have important sporting events. We have an intensive program to accelerate healing to they are able to get back to their sport as soon as possible.
At the Redcliffe Heel Pain Clinic, we have a 4-step process to treat the underlying cause of Sever’s: