If your athletic child is limping after playing soccer, track, or basketball, he or she may have calcaneal apophysitis or Sever’s disease. Repetitive stress to the growth plate of the heel bone during the age between eight and fourteen causes pain and swelling of the heel. Your child may have pain in the back or bottom of the heel, limp, walk on their toes or have difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities or sports.
Rest from all the sports activities including gym class until the pain improves. Immobilizing in a boot or cast will hasten the recovery. Heel lifts inserted into shoes to take tension off of the calf muscles and tendons are helpful. Physical therapy promotes healing as well.
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