Heel pain (Sever’s Disease) in children is an ongoing irritation of the growth plate, which causes tenderness around the heel. The pain often occurs in very active children as the heel becomes inflamed when additional stress or activity is applied. It commonly affects children between 9 and 15 years of age as they are still in their peek stage of development. Poor foot mechanics can also add additional stress and pain to the heel. The pain is self-resolving but it can be painful for the child as they wait for the growth plate to close across, affecting their confidence, sporting participation and daily activities.
3 home treatment tips which you can use to help ease your child’s heel pain:
Ice after activity
Use good quality sporting shoes and make sure your child ties and unties his/her laces properly (doesn’t just slip the foot in and out of the shoe)
Gentle hamstring and calf stretches daily, regardless of physical activity
Children should not be experiencing ongoing pain. If pain persists please contact us for consultation, examination, treatment and orthotic management as required.
The 4 friendly, experienced chiropodists (foot specialists) at Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has been treating all types of foot conditions successfully for many years. If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care and custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.