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Is your child experiencing heel pain? 

Repetitive stress from running, jumping and other high-impact activities may cause pain and inflammation in the growth area of the heel. Your child may be experiencing Sever's disease - or calcaneal apophysitis. Sever's disease occurs when the growth place on the heel bone gets inflamed. As your child matures, their growth plates will close and be replaced with solid bone. 

What symptoms should I look for if my child has Sever's?

Symptoms of Sever's are variable depending on the stage of the disease. Your child may experience: 

  • Heel pain during sport, especially those that requires running or jumping 

  • Worsening of pain after exercise 

  • Limping - often in the morning or during/after sport

  • Mild swelling at the heel

  • Tendency to tip toe the painful heel 

  • Tends to be more comfortable in footwear with higher heel raise

How can a Podiatrist help my child? 

Our Podiatrist can diagnose Sever's Disease clinically that is causing your child's heel pain. Treatment for the condition includes:

  • Understanding the condition and contributing factors 

  • Assess any abnormalities in your child's gait and function which may be contributing to the condition 

  • Education on how to manage symptoms and flare ups 

  • Footwear advice and orthotics to help absorb impact and relieve stress on he heel and relevant structures  

  • Recommendations for over the counter medications that can ease symptoms 

  • An assessment of your child's movement patterns (running and jumping) and recommendation to improve form  

Our Podiatry team have after school appointments for your convenience.

We are Podiatrists located in Canning Vale and Murdoch.


The first step to managing your child's foot health is to see our Podiatry team for treatment.

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