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: 6/14/2017 10:44:54 AM
From the Newsdesk
Dr. Harry Shufflebarger, Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is featured as part of this half hour segment in the Planet TV series for broadcast on national television.
Our 10 year old son, Ryan, tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left leg this past summer. I have frequently been asked, isn’t 10 years old very young to tear an ACL? Yes, for children that young, it is rare, but not unheard of. And for adolescents and teenagers, ACL injuries are occurring more frequently, likely due to early sport specialization, and the increase in travel sports and year-round training.