What is it?
· In adolescents bones are still maturing.
· The points where tendons attach onto the bone often become inflamed.
· Severs Disease is one such case of this and refers to where the Achilles tendon attaches onto the heel (calcaneum) It is common in young athletes involved in running and jumping sports.
· It is particularly common in Boys at the age of 10.
What do I look for?
· Pain at the back of the heel around the Achilles attachment .
· Tightness in the calf region.
· Pain with running, walking, heel raises or calf stretches.
· Pain lasting for a period of time after activity.
What causes it?
· Sudden growth spurt
· Tight calf muscles
· Poor foot posture/ incorrect footwear
· Lower limb muscle imbalances.
· Increasing physical activity
It is important to have this problem addressed as early as possible. The aim is always to keep the child involved in sport and activity, as complete rest will not usually help, and can lead to children staying inactive.
The problem will eventually resolve itself, but if not correctly addressed, can cause excess pain, and a dislike of physical activity.
When do you see someone for help?
Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan. Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.
For more information see your local LifeCare Practitioner.
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