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Sever's 
Disease

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Heel pain is a common complaint for children in Podiatry and is often a response from the body that there’s something wrong in that area.

Sever's disease is a growing condition that typically affects children aged 8-14. It often develops during a child’s ‘growth spurt’ as the bones are growing faster than the muscles and tendons – resulting in the muscles and tendons becoming tight. The muscle strain on the growth plate of the heel bone injures the area, causing pain. 

Commonly this will occur at the start of a sporting season due to the large increase in weight-bearing activity.

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Treatment

may include: 

> rest, ice, compression, and elevation

> footwear modifications

> stretching and strengthening exercises

> strapping

> orthotic therapy

> foot mobilisation

> load and activity management

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