Helping with Severs Disease

Severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis is a prevalent condition of the heel bone in developing children. At the back of the heel bone is a cartilage area that most of the development of the heel bone takes place at and this problem is an overuse injury of that cartilage area. It is more likely in kids that are active, are overweight and are taller. The typical signs of Severs disease is pain at the back and sides of the heel bone, primarily after sports activity. Severs disease is regarded as a self limiting problem, because the child will invariably at some point grow out of it as soon as growth of the heel pain stops and the developing region of cartilage inside the bone merges with the rest of the heel bone. That doesn’t suggest it shouldn’t be treated and may not be treated before that growth ceases.

This episode from PodChatLive was a comprehensive discussion into the issue of Sever’s disease/Calcaneal apophysitis:

A great way to take care of this problem can be managing the child’s and parent’s expectations and also lifestyle to help keep the signs and symptoms under control. The strains have to be managed via modifying and restricting activity levels. This is often challenging and may take some negotiation with the child. If the discomfort is severe after activity, then ice may be used to help relieve that. Often a cushioned heel insert might help protect the heel. Long term the prospects is good as they will grow out of this by the mid-teenage years.