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Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting children and adolescents, particularly those engaged in physical activities such as running or jumping. It occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel bone becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or tension. The growth plate, known as the calcaneal apophysis, is a vulnerable area where new bone forms as children grow. Common causes of Sever's disease include overuse, rapid growth spurts, and participation in high-impact sports that place excessive strain on the heel bone. Symptoms typically include heel pain, especially during physical activity or when pressing the affected area. Children may also experience swelling and tenderness at the back of the heel. Those participating in sports or activities involving repetitive pounding on hard surfaces are at higher risk of developing Sever's disease. If you notice your active child has heel pain or is limping, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Sever’s disease and other foot problems.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Insights into Children's Foot Development

During infancy, a child's feet are pliable and mostly made of cartilage, gradually ossifying into bones over time. Until the age of six, children's feet are still forming, with the arches gradually developing. It is normal for children to have flat feet during this period, as the arches develop and muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet grow rapidly, often requiring new shoes every few months during growth spurts. As they become more active, ensuring proper footwear fit is essential to support their growing feet and prevent discomfort or injury. Children's feet may appear pigeon-toed or have other gait abnormalities as they learn to walk and run. Most of these issues resolve on their own as they develop coordination and muscle strength. Regular monitoring of children's foot health and providing adequate support through appropriate footwear can contribute to their overall well-being and comfort. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

In the bustling environments of retail and hospitality, where long hours and constant movement are the norm, foot protection is essential for ensuring comfort, safety, and overall well-being. Retail and hospitality workers often spend extended periods on their feet, navigating various surfaces and environments throughout their shifts. Investing in appropriate footwear is vital to mitigate the risk of foot-related injuries and discomfort. Decide on shoes with slip-resistant soles to prevent slips and falls, particularly in areas prone to spills or moisture. Additionally, choose footwear with ample cushioning and arch support to reduce fatigue and alleviate strain on the feet and lower limbs. Consider the demands of the job when selecting footwear, opting for choices that provide adequate protection and durability without sacrificing comfort. Regularly inspect and maintain footwear to ensure its effectiveness in providing protection and support. If you have questions about what type of shoes to purchase for your workday that can provide adequate protection, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.



While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Soccer, loved for its dynamic nature, can unfortunately lead to foot and ankle injuries, disrupting game play and causing discomfort. Ankle sprains, one of the most common injuries in soccer, occur when the ankle rolls inward or outward, overstretching or tearing the ligaments. Additionally, fractures, particularly of the metatarsal bones, can result from collisions, falls, or awkward landings. Achilles tendonitis, characterized by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can also develop due to repetitive stress and overuse. Proper warm-up exercises, including dynamic stretches and mobility drills, can help prepare the muscles and ligaments for the demands of soccer. Wearing appropriate footwear with sufficient ankle support and traction can reduce the risk of slips and falls. Additionally, listening to your body and resting when needed, as well as seeking timely medical attention for any injuries, are essential for recovery and preventing long-term complications. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury while playing soccer, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective prevention and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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