Q: My son has pain at his heel that gets so bad when he runs that he has to stop.

February 19, 2016

A: Your son may have a condition known as Sever’s disease or calcaneal apophysitis. It is the result of the growth plate at the heel (calcaneus) becoming over stressed. It occurs most often in children 10-14 and boys are more affected than girls. Pain results in limping, walking on the balls of the feet, altered running or walking and eventually pain at rest. Treatment includes pain reduction, stretching and inserts to assist with decreasing the pull on the heel.