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Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease

Sever’s disease also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition situated at the back of the heels in children usually aged between 9 and 13 years old.  Pain is due to the inflammation of the growth plate of the calcaneus (heel bone).  When the body is growing rapidly the soft tissue can lag behind in terms of lengthening and combined with other factors such as high activity load, hard sports surfaces, flat shoes including sports shoes such as football boots, weak calf muscles and poor foot mechanics, can lead to pain.  Treatment often involves releasing the tension through the calf and achilles by physical therapy, heel raises, home treatment including ice and anti-inflammatory get, strengthening of the calf muscles and core, addressing footwear suited to playing surfaces and foot biomechanics, orthotic therapy if required and activity modification.