This is a painful inflammation of the growth plate at the heel that typically affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old. It is the most common cause of heel pain in children.
Calcaneal apophysitis is a painful inflammation of the growth plate at the heel. It typically affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old because the heel bone is still growing at this age. When there is too much stress on the growth plate, inflammation can develop. Calcaneal apophysitis is also called Sever’s disease and is the most common cause of heel pain in children. Overuse and stress on the heel bone from participation in sports which involve running such as soccer, track, or basketball are common causes.
Symptoms may include pain, limping, walking on toes which is made worse with increased activity.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
The doctor may examine your child’s foot and leg. Radiographs may be obtained to rule out more serious causes of heel pain.
Treatments include activity modification, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or immobilization. Symptoms tend to recur periodically and so treatment may need to be continued throughout growth until the growth plate has fused.
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