On Monday when I was at physio for the tendonitis in my achilles, I was telling Shari about Finley's ankle bothering her. Shari was pretty sure she knew what it was that was bothering Finley and that it was very common in growing kids and suggested I bring her in to get looked at. I was able to get Finley an appointment on Wednesday morning and it was exactly what Shari thought it was -sever's disease. It isn't a disease but that is the name it was given.
According to wikipedia, Sever's Disease is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel of growing children, typically adolescents. The condition presents as pain in the heel and is thus particularly common in active children. It usually resolves when the bone has completed growth or activity is lessened. Shari had Finley do some calf raises, stretches and movements + walking and she could see the tightness in her right heel/ankle right away. She massaged it to get some of the tightness out and Finley quite enjoyed this.
Next, Shari used the ultrasound machine on the inflammed area and Penelope got to help. Shari is amazing with kids and Penelope loves going to see Shari. I think she will be a physiotherapist in the future haha.
Sever's Disease is directly related to overuse of the bone and tendons in the heel. This can come from playing sports or anything that involves a lot of movement. Finley plays a lot of soccer and does a lot of hiking along with walks around the city and bike rides so she is very active. Children who are growing are at risk of getting it because the heel bone grows quicker than the leg.
Shari showed Finley some stretches that she has to do every day and let us know that after hiking, soccer and any activity where she uses her legs a lot, she will have to be ice the back of her heel for about 5 minutes. Finley then had some electrode therapy on it which she didn't mind until....
Shari put an ice pack on the back of her leg for 5 minutes. It was very cold and I think it shocked her a little bit haha.
After Finley had the ice pack removed, she still had 5 minutes of electrode therapy left so Penelope again was helping out shari by rolling out the tensor bandage.
Finley has to go back in 10 days just to make sure there is improvement and hasn't gotten worse. Sever's Disease will never go away completely until the bone is through growing but in the meantime it can be contained as long as Finley follows through with her icing and stretching.
So if your child is between the ages of 9 + 11 and complains that their ankle/heel/achilles area is sore it could definitely be what Finley has. It may be worth taking them to your physiotherapist and if you don't have one, I have a fantastic one at Liv Active Calgary!