Dr. Stephen Wagstaff

Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatrist - Greenbrae
1363 South Eliseo Dr. Suite C
Greenbrae, CA 94904
(415) 925-1150

Podiatrist - Healdsburg
455  March Ave Suite C
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-8860

 



Sever's Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a disease of the growth plate of the bone and is characterized by pain in the heel of a child's foot, typically brought on by some form of injury or trauma. This condition is most common in children ages 10 to 15 and is frequently seen in active soccer, football, or baseball players. Sport shoes with cleats are also known to aggravate the condition. The disease mimics Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon attached to the back of the heel. A tight Achilles tendon contributes to Sever's Disease by pulling excessively on the growth plate of the heel bone (calcaneus).

Treatment includes cutting back on sports activities, calf muscle stretching exercises, heel cushions in the shoes, icing, and/or anti-inflammatory medications. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.




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