Calcaneal Apophysitis

Also known as: Sever’s disease

What is calcaneal apophysitis?

Calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease, is a disease that causes pain and inflammation in the heel of the foot. It most often occurs in children from ages 8 to 14.


What causes calcaneal apophysitis?

The heel in children of this age is still growing and has not fully hardened. As a result, it can be more susceptible to injuries. Sports participation is a common cause of these injuries.


What are the symptoms of calcaneal apophysitis?

Along with the pain, calcaneal apophysitis can cause trouble walking, running, jumping or with other activities. Fatigue is also associated with the condition.


What are calcaneal apophysitis care options?

The pain of calcaneal apophysitis typically resolves over time. Rest, limited impact activity, heel cushions support from orthotics, medication and physical therapy can help while the pain is present.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:15:30 PM

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