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Prevent Heel Pain During Growth Spurts with Stretching

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family playing ballSports are practically life for some middle and high school students, and there’s plenty of activity to go around in Richardson during the summer. As your kids get older and more coordinated, they often become more involved in sports. However, with growth spurts comes the possibility for Sever’s Disease, an overuse injury that affects the heels. It can be prevented with proper warm ups, cool downs, and stretches.

Sever’s Disease happens when repeated stress on the Achilles tendon aggravates the growth plate on the back of the heel. Symptoms include tenderness, pain, and inflammation. If you catch it early, the symptoms may go away in two weeks to two months. However, if your kids continue to train with the problem, they may be looking at an entire season on the bench.

If your kid is limping around days after the game, you might want to have them evaluated at Richardson Podiatry Center. This way, you can avoid a trip to the emergency room, where you may not get the expert care we can give you. It’s not enough to just put your kid on the sidelines for a few games. Talk to them about the importance of proper stretching—during rehab and after—so the problem doesn’t happen again.

There are two basic stretches to deal with Sever’s disease. For the first one, stand facing a wall with one leg extended behind you and your back heel placed on the ground. Press into the wall until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold this for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times. For stretch number two, stay in the same position but bend both of your knees slightly and lean into the wall again. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times.

A lot of pressure placed on young athletes to perform, especially if they’re the star player. However, we know that heel pain needs to be treated pre-emptively with stretching, icing, and resting if they’re ever going to get better and prevent further sports injuries. Call the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 to make an appointment.

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