This is a bone disorder that occurs in kids.
What is Severs disease?
Sever’s disease is when the achilles tendon attaches with the heel, (calcaneus). But when the growth plate grows to fast there is constant pulling on the tendon so it becomes really tight and causes pain in the heel.
Who is affected?
Signs and symptoms
- Swelling and redness in the foot
- Difficulty walking such as constantly walking on the tiptoes
- It hurts when the heel is squeezed on one or both sides
- Stiffness in the calf area.
- Having heel pain during or after activity
The most obvious treatment is rest because then there will be no pressure on the heel therefore no pain. Stretching is key, this will help loosen up you muscles and tendons. Applying ice on the heel wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes can reduce swelling, but the ice should not be directly on skin. Avoid all activities that cause pain. Avoid running barefoot on all hard surfaces. If the child has a flat or high arch the doctor might recommend orthotics (heel pads) this will reduce the amount of pressure that is on the heel. The doctor may suggest a shoe with open backs, it prevents the heel from rubbing against the back of the shoe.