Does your child have heel pain that won’t go away? There could be several different causes but one of the most common is Sever’s Disease.
Sever’s Disease, as frightening as it may sound, is actually a common heel pain that occurs in children’s feet. It typically mimics Achilles tendinitis, which is an inflamed tendon attached to the back of the heel. It can be the common cause of heel pain in kids who are particularly physically active, but can also be normal in growing children. Sever’s Disease usually occurs during adolescence when kids are going through growth spurts and growing most rapidly. It rarely occurs in teenagers because the back of the heel usually finishes growing by the age of 15 (according to kidshealth.org).
A tight Achilles tendon may contribute to Sever's Disease by pulling excessively on the growth plate of the heel bone. This condition is most common in younger children and is frequently seen in the active soccer, football or baseball player. Sport shoes with cleats are also known to aggravate the condition, so be mindful of this when you are buying them for your child.
There are several different treatments including things like calf muscle stretching exercises, heel cushions in the shoes, anti- inflammatory medications, or several other options. Be sure to consult your podiatrist to get the right diagnosis and treatment plan for your child if they are having heel pain!