20 responses

  1. Peter
    August 30, 2009

    Great article. Son who is a U10 has the exact same problem.

  2. Stephanie
    October 15, 2009

    Thanks! This was the first site I opened after search engine. It explained exactly what my 10 yr old daughter, playing on a U13 team, complained about. I’ll use the suggestions and hope that it will find her relief fast. Thanks a bunch!

  3. Alisa
    March 3, 2010

    Thank you so much! This describes so well my daughter’s condition. She’s U10 and loves soccer but sick of heel pain and the doctors are baffled. Thank you for researching this. It certainly gives us a new starting point and direction in helping her. Great site, too!

  4. Melissa
    March 27, 2010

    I’m so glad I found this article! My daughter plays U10 soccer and is also involved in dance. She has been complaining about heel pain since December. We thought it was just growing pains or sore muscles. After reading your article we went to the Dr and he confirmed it! It’s nice to know what the cause is so that we can take measures to minimize her pain. I’ll be passing this article along to my friends with kids in the Sever’s Disease age group:)

  5. Soccer Mom
    June 17, 2010

    Thank you so much!! This is right on the money. My daughter is 10 and plays U-12 and U-15 and we’ve wrapped and taped every way possible with no relief. This is excellent. Thank you!

  6. Stephanie Cosgrove (Podiatrist)
    September 23, 2010

    Hi All. I have put together an Info sheet on just this topic which you can freely use and disseminate to others. The link is Sever’s Disease Brisbane. There is also a good collection of FAQs on the site as well: Podiatry FAQs. I am in Australia so I can’t leap in and sort you all out but please use the information and get the kids back on the paddocks. Stephanie Cosgrove. Podiatrist (Brisbane).

  7. Deana Coxworth
    October 4, 2010

    Great Article! My son plays Select Soccer U11 and competitive baseball. He’s been complaining since the early part of the year his heal has hurt. Took him to the doctor today and the first thing out of his mouth was Sever’s Disease. I found your article when researching the disease a little more. Thanks for the help!

  8. Toena Ils
    April 14, 2011

    Hi. Thanks for the heel pain info. My son has this and I took your advice. I was amazed at how quickly it came good literally a day or two he had no more pain. Great resource, thanks for providing it. Toena

  9. Caribbean “Football” Mum :)
    April 27, 2011

    Wonderful! My son was just ten earlier this year and this described perfectly his symptoms. I enjoyed also reading the preventative/treatment options with him as it was just about everything I advised him to do (very gratifying considering he seems to already know everything :). Thanks again!

  10. Leslie
    May 6, 2011

    Thank you for the good information. I really appreciate it.

  11. Kevin Rooney
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks for the information. I was at a bar-b-cue last night and one of the dads on our football (soccer) team is a podiatrist and mentioned everything that you had in your article. Greta job!!! My son is due for new football boots and will gives the tulis heel pads a try.


  12. Clint
    August 22, 2011

    Great information. I would add this from the Podiatrist we saw — only wear the heel lifts during play, practice, or intense running. The lifts are intended to prevent the stretching during times of high activity to avoid pain. Do not wear them to school or other activities as the Achilles needs to stretch naturally and the lifts prevent that. The idea is to build up strength.

  13. Kevin Rooney
    August 28, 2011

    I did all of the above with regard to the heel lifts and reinforce Achilles stretch. The issue that I am encountering is trying to have a 10 year old do his stretches daily. Just like everything else with being a parent we need to keep vigilant, they won’t do it on their own.

  14. K T
    April 29, 2012

    Excellent resource – I suffered from this problem as a child. I would counter that walking barefoot will help this problem as it allows the many muscles, tendons, bones of these complex structures(feet) to move and stretch normally and can help folks transition to less pain. Also stress stretching with your kids as they often refuse this important exercise component. My recent experience transitioning to a barefoot running style – I do half marathons now – has taught me how underused our foot structures have become with the advent of modern shoes. Modern shoes support feet to the extent that they become weak and inflexible. Our forefathers wore moccasins and flat sandals and hiked the world over remember.

  15. Amanda
    March 14, 2013

    Hi! There is a sport insole out there made specifically as a remedy to Sever’s Disease…… https://nxtmile.com/ and they are made for kids! Hope this helps someone:)

  16. Valori
    March 16, 2013

    Our son was in excruciating pain, and we were told it was sever’s disease. We researched and researched and tried different things to help. We couldn’t find kids insoles in stores, so resorted to women’s, which didn’t fit his soccer shoe right. We finally tried the NxtMile youth insoles. It’s the only thing we’ve found that’s made specific for each sport shoe, since they are all cut differently. We tried the soccer ones, and he was able to play immediately. We saw that they now have them in baseball and basketball too (and soon football and lacrosse). It’s the only thing we’ve found that fits perfect in our son’s different sport shoes and kept him pain-free so he didn’t have to sit out anymore. We would highly recommend these to anyone who dealing with sever’s or oschgood-schlatters. You can find them at http://www.nxtmile.com.

  17. Eric H.
    May 21, 2013

    After reading this posting, the attached comments and all the various links, I am very optomistic now…Sure wasn’t before…I thought my 13 year old son had some form of rare problem…and all i could think of was “oh no, expensive orthopedic insoles, here we come!”

    This article describes EXACTLY what my son is going thru. He LOVES sports, he’s the jock of the family, and to not be able to play soccer this summer would be a form of child abuse to him! LOL!
    So, thank you for this article, and thank you to all the commentors, I have already ordered some insoles from http://www.nxtmile.com and as soon as they come in and that we’ve tested them, I’ll come back to post a follow up comment.


  18. RJ
    April 3, 2014

    Thank you!

  19. Valori
    May 14, 2014

    Wondering if anyone else has tried the nxtmile insoles? We have now tried them in our son’s football and basketball shoes and he LOVES them! We bought an extra pair for him to wear in his everyday shoes (baseball fit best). Has anyone else had a chance to try them? Curious how they might be working for others.

  20. Arpana
    October 10, 2014

    Thank you sharing the information. My 9 year old son has exactly the same issue. He plays football. While I showed the doctor and he advised rest, he just said it is a growing pain and did not go any further. Now that I understand it better I would be better able to help my boy.

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