Sever’s disease is the development of pain in the heel of children and is usually from an injury to the growth plate of the calcaneus. It usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age and in kids who play tennis, basketball and soccer. The condition is due to an underlying mechanical problem with the way the foot functions and is not a disease process through the body.
Home treatment consists of muscle stretching exercises, heal lifts in the shoes, oral anti inflammatories, and icing. If the condition persists the child should be evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist to evaluate the biomechanics of the foot. A below the knee cast may be required in severe cases to calm down the symptoms. Usually, most of the kids pain is alleviated with heel lift or custom molded orthotics. Orthotics work by correcting foot function and will fit into most shoes. All cases of Sever’s will resolve after the growth plate closes.