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Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s Disease)

Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s Disease)

What is it?

Calcaneal Apophysitis is the most common cause of heel pain in active, growing children aged 8-14 years. The condition is caused by small repetitive trauma to the growth plate of the heel bone and is often described as a ‘pulling pain’

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain or tenderness in the heel 
  • Increase in pains with running/ jumping/ playing sports- during and after 
  • Limping, difficulty walking 
  • Tight calf muscles 
  • Pain when walking first thing in the morning 

Why did I get it?

Children who are more likely to develop calcaneal apophysitis present with the following risk factors; 

  • Sudden increase in activity 
  • High volume of exercise  
  • Hard playing surfaces/ barefoot running 
  • Poor foot mechanics 
  • Previous trauma to heel bone 

How is it diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination/ history will most commonly diagnose calcaneal apophysitis. Depending on the severity of symptoms, in rare cases an x-ray or MRI can help to assess the extent of the damage and to rule out further pathology. 

How can I treat it?

  • Rest, ice
  • Footwear advice/ modifications 
  • Avoiding going barefoot 
  • Strapping
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories 
  • Strengthening/ stretching program
  • Custom orthotics

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