What is Sever’s disease?
Sever's disease is an inflammatory condition in the heel that usually occurs in children between 8 and 14 years of age. It is thought that Sever’s occurs due to repeated ‘microtrauma’ at the attachment of the Achilles tendon over growth plate interface.
What causes Sever’s disease?
Sever’s disease occurs due to repeated load and stress over the heel, hence it is more commonly found in children that partake in weight bearing sports involving a lot of running and jumping. There are other reasons that increase the risk of Sever’s, such as tight muscles and being overweight.
How can you make it better?
Sever's disease can be treated with:
- Rest from the aggravating activities
- Ensuring you wear supportive footwear
- Physiotherapy to stretch or strengthen specific muscle groups
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or voltaren can help reduce inflammation in the area
Sever's disease usually gets better within a few weeks/months and does not cause any long term disabilities.
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Laura Cruz - http://www.joondalupphysiotherapy.com.au