Sever’s Disease in Children
(Calcaneal Apophysitis) Sever's Disease
Severs is a common condition that can affect children between the ages of 8 - 14.
Severs is caused by overuse /stress of the heel bone through rapid growth and strenuous activities which involve a lot of running and jumping.
Other factors can be tight Achilles tendons and foot biomechanical problems. These underlying conditions may leads to an inflammation at the growth plate on the heel bone (calcaneus).
The heel pain is worse after running, walking and exercising. The child will complain of painful feet, they may limp, be walking on their toes and not wanting to participate in physical activities.
Squeezing on the sides of the heel along the bone causes pain.
A podiatrist will assess the child’s foot biomechanics, footwear and levels of physical activity. Treatment can include Orthotics, footwear advice, stretching program and heel lifts.
If you are concerned your child may have severs you can book online or call to make an appointment for a 1 hour full Biomechanical Assessment.