Sever’s disease is a painful condition that affects the heel in growing children.
What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is the inflammation of the calcaneal apophysis caused by repetitive microtrauma due to the pulling of the achilles tendon. It happens when the Achilles tendon pulls on the apophysis of the calcaneus. The repeated stress on the apophysis causes pain and inflammation. It most commonly occurs in physically active children between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age.
What are the causes of Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease is caused by the Achilles tendon pulling on the apophysis of the calcaneus. The repeated stress on the apophysis causes pain and inflammation.
The risk factors include:
- High levels of physical activities especially those involving repetitive running and jumping
- Heel cord tightness
- Weak muscles around the ankles
- Poorly cushioned or worn out athletic shoes
- Running on hard surfaces
What are the symptoms of Sever’s Disease?
- Heel pain in one or both heels, which often comes and goes
- Pain that gets worse with activities
- Pain may cause limping or walking on toes to avoid putting pressure on the heels
- Pain that is worsened by running or jumping
- Pain with pressing on the back of the heel
- Pain is worse upon waking
What can I do at home?
- Limit physical activities while having pain
- Ice the heel for 15 to 20 minutes when having pain
- Wearing supportive shoes
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from Sever’s Disease, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our physios at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They may also refer you to get scans in some severe cases to better understand your needs. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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