Heel pain in children, no it’s not plantar fasciitis!
Severs disease is a growth plate disorder of the heel bone, commonly occurring in active children aged 8-14.
It is characterised by pain in the heel bone, caused by:
- excessive stress/strain from the Achilles tendon and/or the plantar fascia.
- Poor footwear
- High activity levels
- Rapid growth
- Vitamin deficiencies
When we are born, our heel bone is actually in 2 separate pieces, joined together by a growth plate. By the age of 14-16 the heel then fuses into one large bone.
Sever’s disease is very easily treated and often had quick results.
Treatment usually involves:
- footwear modifications
- heel lifts
- orthotic therapy
X-Ray of an adult, showing the heel bone which has fused