Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s Disease)

What is Calcaneal Apophysitis?

Calcaneal Apophysitis (aka. Sever’s Disease) is the most common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents.  It is a painful inflammation at the growth plate of the heel affecting children and adolescent’s between age 8 and 14 years old.  It is most common in athletes involved in track, soccer or baseketball due overuse and repetitive stress on the growth plate.  Obesity, a tight Achilles tendon, flat feet, high arches, changes in footwear and biomechanical problems may also contribute to this condition.

Symptoms include pain in the back or bottom of the heel, limping, walking on toes, difficulty running, jumping or participating in sports, and pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed.


How physical therapy helps

Physical therapy is the first line in conservative treatment for Calcaneal Apophysitis. Commonly, this condition is exacerbated by underlying abnormal mechanics of movement, walking and muscle weakness. Our trained physical therapists are experts in evaluating your movement to pinpoint the source of the trouble. Modalities may be used to alleviate pain and discomfort, while the Astym treatment can stimulate healing and hands-on therapy can improve joint mechanics and movement.

Finally, gentle strengthening exercises and joint coordination exercises help to restore stability to the affected area and prevent re-occurrence of symptoms. To discover how we can help your heel pain call us today!


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