Calcaneal Apophysitis is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. It typically affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old because the heel done (calcaneus) is not fully developed until at least age 14. Until then, new done is forming at the growth plate, a weak area located at the back of the heel. When there is too much repetitive stress on the growth plate, inflammation can develop.
- Occurs in juveniles
- Pathomechanics for calcaneal apophysitis are exactly the same as for Achilles tendonitis.
- However, in apophysitis, the weak link is the attachment of the calcaneal apophysis to the calcaneus (heel bone) (not the tendon to the calcaneus, as in Achilles tendinitis).
- Heel lift of 9mm or greater
- Soft supportive orthotic
- Severe cases may require cast immobilization.