What is Sever's disease?
Sever’s disease is a common cause of pain at the back of the heel in children aged 8 to 15 years.
It is similar to Osgood Schlatter disease in that it is an overuse injury, often related to a rapid growth spurt in children. Sever's disease is more likely to affect boys than girls.
- Pain at the back of the heel
- It becomes worse with exercise and improves with rest
- Pain is often less first thing in the morning but worse later on
Treatment involves reducing pain and inflammation, whilst identifying and mitigating causes. Rest is very important, but there are other things you can do to help.
Best products for treating Sever's disease
We recommend the following products:
Hot & Cold Pack
Cold therapy is the quickest and simplest way to reduce pain at the back of your heel. A Reusable Cold Gel Pack is ideal. Keep it in the freezer and apply every couple of hours for 10 minutes until your symptoms reduce. Even better is to combine a cold pack with the Compression Wrap.
Cold Therapy Gel
If you are at school or work and do not have access to a freezer then apply Cold Gel throughout the day. This is not a complete replacement for cold therapy, however it excellent for reducing pain and inflammation as well as, or if you do not have access to a freezer.
Wear Gel Heal Pads in both shoes. This raises your heels slightly. As a result, your calf muscles shorten which in turn reduces the strain on the tendon at the back of your heel. You should wear them in both shoes so you don't causes leg length differences and muscle imbalances.
Sometimes a contributing factor for Sever's disease is overpronation. This is when your foot rolls in or flattens. If this happens then your lower leg rotates inwards, increasing the strain on the muscles and tendons of your lower leg.
Wearing orthotic type insoles helps prevent overpronation. As a result, your foot biomechanics improve which not only aids the healing process, but helps prevent future injury.
Always check with your doctor or physio if you are not sure if a particular treatment method is suitable for you.