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