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How to use heel pads for Severs disease in the foot

Severs disease is the common name for a condition which should be termed calcaneal apophysitis. It genuinely ought not to be termed Severs “disease” as it is not a disease. It is just a self limiting condition of the growth plate in the heel bone of kids which always goes away completely on its own sooner or later without long term complications. This can be a very common disorder in kids around ages 10 to 12 years and should you ask a number of children of that age should they have it or have an acquaintance that has had it, then most of them will probably say yes. There is a growth plate in the rear of the heel bone where growth of that bone happens at. The achilles tendon attaches to this growth area, therefore its not difficult to see that plenty of force is placed on that growing area, especially if the child is overweight or active in sports activity. The condition is a strain of the growing area. The growing area combines with the rest of the heel bone by the early teenage years, therefore its not possible for it to be a issue after that.

Although the disorder is self-limiting and they will outgrow this, it is painful and can cause problems so does should be treated. The ideal method is to get started with education with regards to the Severs disease and the ways to handle sports loads to keep it in check. It is common to use ice on the heel after sports activity to help settle the discomfort. Cushioned gel heel pads are often useful and will make it more tolerable so they can continue with activity. If there are biomechanical issues, then correct foot orthotics are usually necesary to correct that. The most crucial element of the treatment is just managing the loads. Children of that age try to be active and engage in sports activity, so this may be a challenge.