Calcaneal Apohystis Essay
Often children between the ages of eight and thirteen attend the podiatry clinic with heel pain. One differential diagnosis is calcaneal apophysitis or otherwise known as sever’s disease. Calcaneal apophysitis is the inflammation of a calcaneal growth plate causing pain in the heel posteriorly, it is classified as a non-articular Osteochondrosis at an impact site (O’Gradaigh & Crisp, 2012).
The calcaneus in a child under sixteen years contains a growth plate posteriorly. This is the section where the Achilles tendon inserts on the calcaneus. Around sixteen years of age, the growth plate ossifies onto the calcaneum. Sever’s disease is the disturbance or micro trauma in …show more content…
Once the pain has subsided due to limiting physical sporting activities, it is essential the sporting activities are undertaken gradually and built up to full activity over a reasonable period of time. While weight bearing exercise has ceased, cardiovascular fitness can still be maintained through non weight-bearing activities such as cycling and swimming. A long term management plan is unnecessary; when activity is reduced the condition usually subsides in less than three months. This is when the individual is able to return to sporting activities. There are no long term complications associated with calcaneal apophysitis.
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