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Growing Pains

Knee-Strap_jks99_R_1d788c0aGymnastics is a physically intensive sport, frequently begun at an early age, and practiced throughout the years a child’s body is maturing into its adult form. Putting the demands of gymnastics training and performance onto a growing body can sometimes result in orthopedic pain. While this post can’t replace a diagnosis from a medical professional, we’d like to discuss a couple of conditions that are common in the gymnastics community and offer some sports medicine products that can help alleviate the pain associated with Sever’s Disease and Osgood-Schlatter Disease.

Sever’s Disease affects the heel. More specifically, it is an inflammation at the growth plate where the achilles tendon attaches to the heel. Until a child reaches skeletal maturity, growth plates remain open and are more vulnerable to injury.

The name “Sever’s Disease” makes it sound scarier than it usually is. Sever’s Disease is an injury that stems from overuse in a physically active child. For the most part, it’s self-recovering and young athletes can find relief in RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and sports medicine appliances that take some of the stress off of the area and help reduce inflammation.

Sports medicine products that serve to relieve heel strike pain include the different versions of a heel cup on the  “Ankle and Heel” page under “Sports Medicine Supplies” on our website. Heel cups can be inserted into your everyday shoes and used with your tumbling shoes or the various braces and socks on the same page. Pairing them with a compression sock is a great way to get the support, stabilization and inflammation reduction of compression gear while holding your heel cup where you need it.