Heel Pain: Sever's Disease

Heel pain continues with Sever's disease which is a heel pain associated with kids. As children grow so do their bones; at an immature bone stage the cartilage cells are yet to develop into bone cells. When there is a union between the cells this forms bones. Fun fact: another name for a growth plate is epiphyseal plate. I agree,  lets stick to growth plate.  When children experience pain in the heel it is usually the inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. Remember that inflammation is a swelling. So naturally the heel will feel tender and due to the location and heel structures in the area painful on any form of activity. The child will experience pain when walking, stiffness in the morning and usually feel better walking on his or her tiptoes to alleviate the heel.

Active kids tend to complain of this foot problem the most.The typical onset of this heel pain is during the growth spurt stage in their lives. This is when they grow the fastest.  For boys the age range is approximately eight to thirteen and for girls it is between ten to fifteen. After fifteen years of age the bone cells are usually fully grown. Therefore the heel bone will now be mature.

But surely, bones developing is a normal thing so why does it hurt? Sometimes the heel bone grows quicker than the surrounding muscles and tendons. This makes leg muscles and tendons tight and overused in the heels. Naturally places stress on the heel bone.

Other factors that increase the likelihood of developing sever's disease are; a foot that rolls in (pronation), flat or high arches, obesity and having one leg longer than the other. Believe it or not the last one is not so uncommon. 

DG Podiatrist highly recommends that children are attended to promptly with the correct care and advice the heel pain can be resolved in little time as 2 weeks to 2 months. DG will talk through and explain all stages of recovery and aid the child at every step to ensure a speedy recovery. it will be required to have a Xray to fully diagnose the pathology.  With long term care the chances of recurrence are minimal. If you feel your child has this, act immediately to provide the best outcome for him/her. DG Podiatrist believes that children are at their best when they are happy. Lets keep that bounce in their step!