Sever’s Disease Treatment

Sever’s disease is a common condition that affects children and adolescents who are going through growth spurts. It is caused by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, and it can be very painful. Kids that are prone to Severs are usually very active, are having a growth spurt, have tight calf muscles and are pronators .

Custom weight-bearing orthotics are designed to provide support and cushioning to the feet during weight-bearing activities such as running, walking, and jumping. They can help correct overpronation, which is a condition where the foot rolls inward excessively during walking or running, causing excessive stress on the foot and lower leg.

Custom weight-bearing orthotics are designed specifically for an individual’s foot shape, size, and gait pattern. They are made using advanced materials and technologies, such as teh Vertical Foot Alignment System (VFAS), to ensure optimal fit and function.

The cushioning provided by custom weight-bearing orthotics helps to absorb shock and reduce the impact of exercise on the feet, which can help prevent injuries such as stress fractures and plantar fasciitis. The orthotics also help to distribute the weight of the body more evenly across the foot, which can reduce pressure on specific areas of the foot and lower leg.

By correcting overpronation, custom weight-bearing orthotics can help improve the alignment of the foot and ankle, which can reduce the risk of injuries and improve overall performance during exercise. They can also help to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with overpronation, such as shin splints and knee pain.

Here are some treatments for Sever’s disease:

  • Rest: One of the most effective ways to treat Sever’s disease is to rest the affected foot. Avoid activities that put stress on the heel, such as running and jumping.

  • Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain. Use a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day.

  • Stretching exercises: Gentle stretching exercises can help improve flexibility and reduce pain. Ask a physical therapist for specific stretches that are appropriate for your child.

  • Custom Orthotics: Wearing shoes with custom orthotics that provide good arch support and cushioning can help reduce stress on the heel. Your child may also benefit from heel pads built into the orthotics.

  • Physical therapy: If the pain and inflammation persist despite rest and other treatments, your child may benefit from physical therapy. A physical therapist can develop an exercise program to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility.

It is important to seek medical attention if your child experiences severe pain or if the pain persists for more than a few weeks despite home treatments.


Neil Smith using the Vertical Foot Alignment System
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