Severs Disease

Severs disease is a common exercise related problem of the heel bone in those that are still growing. At the back of the heel bone is a growing area that is prone to damage if there is excessive use. After the age of 13-15, the growing area of cartilage merges with the surrounding bone, so this is no longer a problem. The cause of severs disease is usually excessive use on hard sports ground. The classic symptoms of severs disease are pain during the sport that eventually interferes with activity levels. Pain can also be felt when squeezing the sides at the back of the heel pain. Severs disease treatment usually involves some sort of soft heel raise in the shoe to protect the growing bone. Calf muscle stretching is also important. The most important part of the treatment is reducing activity levels to a level that can be tolerated to let the damage heel.

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Author: Craig Payne