Causes and Treatment of Sever’s Disease

One of the most common heel pain complaints from children is from Sever’s disease. Fortunately, this ailment has a relatively short life span and does not result in long-term damage. Sever’s disease generally affects physically active children between the ages of 8 and 14. It is common among children who do a lot of running and jumping during sports activities. Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, Sever’s disease occurs when the calf's bones grow faster than the Achilles tendon that attaches them to the heel. This disparity causes the tendon to become tight and results in soreness in the heel. When the disparity in the growth plate is resolved, the pain goes away. Symptoms include limping, pain or tenderness in the heel while active, and swelling in the heel area. The first, and most important, way to treat Sever’s disease is to cease the activity causing it to occur. If after a few weeks, pain and swelling are still a problem, it is a good idea to seek the counsel of a podiatrist for further examination and other treatment options that may be necessary. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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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