Fall sports are in full swing, and that means there’s a whole lot of kicking, running, jumping, swinging, throwing, and tackling going on—not to mention swooshing! That’s right, the Fort Mills Parks and Recreation H.O.O.P.S. Basketball Camp is under way and continues every Sunday until November 9. This 8-week camp takes place at the Banks Street Gym and is open to boys and girls ages 8 – 14.
Kids this age are often going through growth spurts, and while all that physical activity is great, the combination of growing and playing can actually put them at risk for heel pain caused by Sever’s disease. This condition occurs when the Achilles tendon can’t keep up with the growing heel bone, causing it to pull tightly on the heel’s growth plate. The result is pain and inflammation in the heel, which can send active kids heading to the bench. Your child doesn’t have to be sidelined, though, because there are things you can do to prevent Sever’s disease, or at least minimize its symptoms.
First and foremost, make sure that they are wearing appropriate shoes for their sports. Spending a little more for a good quality pair is worth it to protect your child from heel pain. Footwear should also fit well and offer shock-absorbent soles with plenty of padding to reduce pressure on the heel. In addition, having your child perform stretching exercises daily will strengthen and lengthen tight muscles and tendons. Once your young athlete is done growing, he or she will no longer be susceptible to the condition, but making a point to follow these tips in the meantime can help prevent Sever’s disease pain from occurring in the first place.
If your child is going through a growth spurt, taking a few precautions can keep them off of the sidelines. For more tips on how to avoid heel pain in your kids, contact Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, and William Harris IV, DPM at Carolina Podiatry, Inc. Call (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster, SC, or (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill.