Is your child complaining of heel pain? If so, you may want to pay attention. Heel pain in children can become quite serious and may make it difficult for your child to walk, run, or play sports. The most common cause of heel pain in children is Sever’s Disease. Here is more information about Sever’s Disease, and how to reduce the pain of the disease in your child’s feet.
About the Disease
Sever’s Disease is the inflammation of the growth plate in a child’s foot. There is a growth plate in the foot that connects one end of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon allows your foot to flex to walk and run. The other end of the Achilles tendon connects to your calf.
Your child’s bones grow through their growth plates. Growth plates can grow very quickly as your child goes through growth spurts. In fact, during a growth spurt, your child’s body--even their feet--can grow very rapidly. If the growth plate in a child’s heel becomes irritated--usually through exercise--the growth plate can become inflamed and painful.
There are ways to make the pain of Sever’s Disease less of a problem. First, be sure your child is wearing the proper footwear for athletics, that offer a lot of support. Check their footwear frequently, and make sure they fit your child’s feet properly. If your child has heel pain, be sure they get a cold pack on the bottom of their feet. Make them rest. You can also purchase heel cups for their footwear as well, which helps protect and cushion the heel. That way, your child can continue to run and play with no pain.