Does your child have heel pain?
Do your kids complain of pain in their heels when they play sports or run? Do they finish their games limping, or even worse not playing sport at all?
Heel pain in children is common and can be very frustrating. It can make it hard for them to play sports and be active. In some cases, it can even keep them from playing sports altogether.
Otherwise read on to find out more.
What is Sever's Disease?
One of the most common causes of heel pain in children is Sever's Disease. It is an inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel bone. The growth plate is a soft area of tissue that is responsible for the growth of bones. During growth spurts, the growth plate is more susceptible to injury.
Who gets Sever's Disease?
Sever's Disease most commonly affects children between the ages of 9 and 13. It is more common in boys than girls.
What are the symptoms of Sever's Disease?
The most common symptom of Sever's Disease is pain in the heel. The pain is usually worse when the child starts to run or jump. The pain may also be worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity. Other symptoms may include:
- Swelling in the heel
- Tenderness to touch
- Difficulty walking or running
How is Sever's Disease treated?
The goal of treatment for Sever's Disease is to relieve pain and inflammation and to allow the growth plate to heal. Rest is a really good place to start, however I am sure your child wants to keep on playing sport. At Feetology, we will check over your childs foot posture and look to find ways to keep them running without having to take too much time off their sport.
Some simple tips to help at home include
- Rest: The child should avoid activities that cause pain.
- Ice: Applying ice to the heel for 20 minutes at a time several times a day can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers like paracetamol and ibuprofen
If home treatment isn't working, it's time to make an appointment to see one of Feetology's podiatrists. They will be able to diagnose that this is actually the problem, and develop an individualised treatment plan for your child. Simply click to book online or call us on 3820 6326 to make an appointment.