Contributing factors to Sever’s disease
Children more likely to develop Sever’s may have:
♦ Tight calf muscles and Achilles tendon
♦ Flat feet / over-pronated feet / collapsing arches
♦ High arch feet
♦ Rapid increase in height
♦ Excessive weight
♦ Participate in explosive sports such as football, gymnastics or basketball
♦ Hard playing surfaces
♦ Sudden increase in activity (start of sport season)
♦ Poor footwear (lack of cushioning and support)
How we treat Sever’s disease
Here at Riverside Podiatry we have a paediatric-specific assessment so we can detect any abnormalities that may cause problems later in life. Having your children’s feet checked regularly can help these little feet live happier, healthier lives.
Our podiatrists have treated many young people with Sever’s disease. Each patient is different and there are often elusive biomechanical problems that exacerbate the traction on the growth plates of the heels.
Your podiatrist will develop a tailored treatment program which may include rest or activity modification, soft tissue treatment such as massage and stretching, and correction of biomechanics through heel raises or orthoses. In rare cases, where fragmentation of the apophysis exists and pain fails to subside with traditional treatment modalities, immobilisation of the foot and ankle with an air cast (moon boot or walking cast) is indicated.
When the biomechanical problems are addressed, we typically see a significant reduction in pain levels and a return to sport within a few days.
Don’t let your child suffer heel pain any longer – give Riverside Podiatry a call on 4323 9100 or book online today!