Sever's Disease Explained

July 21, 2019

Sever’s Disease is a condition caused by the overloading of Achilles Tendon near the heel, and the growth plate in the area.

It is common in physically active boys between 10 to 12 years old and active girls aged 8 to 11 years old. Usual signs and symptoms experienced by the child are:

  • Redness and/or swelling in the heel
  • Heel pain during running or jumping that usually goes away after some rest
  • Difficulty walking or running

Most parents get highly worried about the pain that their child is experiencing and at times, they may feel helpless on what to do. Here are 3 most common questions asked by parents who come through our physiotherapy clinic:

Can my child continue his/her physical activity?

Yes, he/she can continue with physical activity provided that the pain does not occur.

Will the pain go away?

Yes, the pain should go away. However after knowing this fact, parents should not push their child to continue with pain during physical activities. Avoiding the pain is very important.

Is there anything my child can do to recover faster?

An appointment with a physiotherapist is highly recommended. A professional can assess your child’s flexibility, strength, muscle control and biomechanics. From the assessment, we can then prescribe your child with a specific rehabilitation program which will consist of stretches and strengthening exercises.

Most of the times, we also find that children who suffer from Sever’s disease lack strength in their hip muscles, which is important for activities such as running and jumping. Knowing and working on the right exercises that will build strength in your child’s hip is crucial in the treatment of Sever’s disease.

Remember, do not force your child to continue with pain during his/her physical activity. Even though your child may grow out of the pain, it is important to exercise within pain free limits!

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