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Severs Disease

 

What is it?
Severs Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis) is a painful inflammation of the growth plate between the achillies tendon and the heel bone which results in heel pain. Severs diseaseis seen primarily in children ages 8-13 years of age. (Predominately in boys)

Causes:
As the growth plate is active in the young, it is more susceptible to injury during regular high exertion/repetitive stressing of this area of the body.

How can we help?
Our podiatrist recommends an immediate reduction in the sporting activities that may be responsible. After a period of rest, certain precautions must be taken as sporting activity is cautiously reintroduced again.  This condition usually resolves itself once growth has ceased. There are a number of options available to reduce the heel pain caused by this condition.

  • Custom made orthotics
  • Suggest appropriate footwear
  • Footwear modification