You can actively help relieve your child’s heel pain (known as Sever’s disease) by taking a few simple measures. This condition is an inflammation of the heel growth plate and is very common in active children.
A Tuli heel cup, which is a soft, waffle-cone heel cup, is an excellent way to cushion the heel. Do not try to use a firm heel cup, the goal is shock absorption.
Next, you should purchase a night splint for your child. You may be able to find a night splint at your nearby pharmacy or you can order one online. If you search for ‘night splint’, you will find several choices. The night splint helps to decrease the pull of the Achilles tendon of the growth plate, but this may take several weeks to stretch.
Finally, use anti-inflammatory medication such as, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen per package instructions in conjunction with ice three times a day for 20 minutes each time.
Last week in the blog post “Cleats and Your Child’s Heel Pain” we discussed how the sports shoes play an important part in the happy sports experience or the miserable experience.
If pain is persistent, please contact the office at Hoosier Foot and Ankle for a consultation to be certain that no bones are broken or tendons seriously damaged. You can call 317-660-2115 or use the online appointment request option available 24/7 for your convenience.