Severs disease is probably the most common problem that affects the heel bone in children. It has been likened to a stress fracture of the cartilage in the growth plate at the rear of the calcaneus. It is most common during the ages 10-14 years when the bone is actively growing. The pain is usually present at the back and sides of the calcaneus. The typical approach to treatment is the reduction in activity levels and the use of shock absorbing insoles or pads under the calcaneus.
Some of the recent research on Severs Disease has shown:
- arch taping in those with Servers disease has been shown to be helpful
- Severs disease has a significant impact on the quality of life of those who have it
- X-rays had no value to the diagnostic process for Severs disease
- Insoles resulted in a significant reduction in pain of those with Severs disease
- The use of heel cups was preferred over the use of wedges by boys with Severs disease
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