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heather-dubrowReality TV star Heather Dubrow had some real drama outside the set. The Real Housewives of Orange County star had to take her son Nicholas to the hospital as a result of experiencing pain in his heel. Doctors diagnosed him with Sever’s disease, a bone disorder common among adolescents. .

Dubrow took to social media to Instagram a photo of her son and his doctor captioning: “Thank you SO much to our dear friend Dr. Scott Forman for taking care of Nicky!! #sever’sdisease #inflammationofthegrowthplate #castfortwoweeks.” Nicholas will be wearing a plaster cast for some time until his condition heals.

Severs Disease is common in children and young teens. If your child is experiencing difficulty in his or her feet or ankles, see podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry 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.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.


Acute pain – pain asscoiatied 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.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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