Sever’s disease is a growth plate condition that causes heel pain in children. In order to prevent it, your child needs to maintain flexibility and strength. This can only be done through exercise and stretching. The tendons in the calves and hamstrings need to be stretched, as well as the muscles in the shins. Performing stretches a few times throughout the day on each leg is very important to prevent Sever’s disease.
One way is to sit down and stretch your legs straight out in front of you. Wrap a towel around your toes and pull them gently towards your body, or loop exercise bands around them and push your toes away from your body. Do 15 reps 3 times, and then repeat several times throughout the day. Stretching is one of few ways to keep Sever’s disease in check, so it’s crucial that your child stick to this regimen.
If you have more questions about how to properly stretch, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for current foot care information, too.