Does my child have Sever’s?
- Children complain of heel pain that is usually worse after activity
- Pain that lasts more than 1 week
- Noticing them walking on tip toes
What is Sever’s?
- Typically it occurs during or immediately following a growth spurt around the ages of 9-14yrs
- Sever’s is a condition where the growth plate at the heel is put under strain by the Achilles
- There is no damage occurring at the time but the condition can be quite painful
- Common when there is an increase in weight-bearing activity
- Pain on activity can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months
How do you treat it?
- DON’T STRETCH!!! (Your Physio will tell you when)
- Treatment consists of conservative management initially to reduce inflammation
- Activity modification – reduction of weight-bearing activities for between 2 – 8 weeks
- Heel lift /tape/heel cup and/or orthotics as well as appropriate and supportive footwear
- Stretches and exercises must be graduated to ensure effective recovery
- Each case of Sever’s is individual and professional PHYSIO4ALL guidance is essential for complete recovery
Speak to our physiotherapists today on advice on Sever’s, or about any concerns. Give us a call on 9922 2212!