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My child's heel hurts! What could it be?

Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)

What Is Calcaneal Apophysitis? Calcaneal apophysitis is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. Who does it affect? Usually children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old Why? The heel bone (calcaneus) is not fully developed until around age 14. Until 14, new bone is forming at the growth plate of the heel. This area is weak so when there is too much repetitive stress on the growth plate, inflammation can develop. This is often seen in children who participate in sports. They typically complain that walking makes the pain worse.

Other possible causes of Sever's Apophysitis include obesity, a tight Achilles tendon, and biomechanical conditions such as flatfoot or a high-arched foot.

If you suspect that your child may be affected, schedule an appointment at Roka Foot and Ankle Centers


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