Re: calcaneus fracture w/severs disease?

This is a self limiting problem. When the growth plate (apophysis) of the heel is done growing at approximately 14 years for girls, then it usually is over.

It is hard to diagnose fractures of the growth plate of the heel. We always take comparison views of the other foot to compare. In 27 years I have seen many more inflammation of the growth plate than fractures. That is not to say that it does not happen. When it does, cast immobilization is indicated. Rest is the key. Serial x-rays are taken to track the progress. It almost always takes longer than the patient and the parents want to hear. Seeing another doctor is of course your choice, but if the child is still hurting, what is the difference, the area is not healed.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on June 16, 2005 at 22:38:14:

In Reply to: calcaneus fracture w/severs disease? posted by Shelley on June 14, 2005 at 12:01:41:

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