If you’re the parent of an active child going through a growth spurt, chances are you may have heard grumblings of heel pain. Calcaneal Apophysitis, or Sever’s Disease, is a common cause of heel pain in children, particularly during early adolescence. Whilst it rarely causes long-term complications, Sever’s disease can last up to two years before resolving completely – but never fear! After years of treating children with heel pain we’ve devised a comprehensive treatment plan for getting your child back on their feet in no time.
Sever’s disease occurs due to the inflammation of growth plate, which is not commonly fused until a child reaches skeletal maturity; with the calf bones often growing faster than the surrounding soft tissue the Achilles tendon can be pulled quite tight, leading to heel pain.
In addition to laser acupuncture, massage, joint mobilization, Chinese silicone cupping and strapping, the most important yet simple and non-invasive treatments for your child’s heel pain is ensuring they wear supportive footwear.
After years of watching children slip in and out of ill-fitting orthotics we’ve devised the following 3 products to prevent heel pain and support your child through the changes their growing feet endure:
The most common cause of heel pain in Australia is plantar fasciitis (say PLAN-tar fashy-EYE-tuss). It all comes down to the ligament that runs from your heel bone and along the sole of your foot to support your arch. While the plantar fascia ligament is very strong, it is still a ligament like any other and over-straining can make it:
Prevention is better than cure. More often than not, it’s not until we experience pain before we decide to take action. It is much better to take the necessary steps to avoid painful conditions developing in the first place.