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Sever’s Disease Typically Affects Teenagers

The medical condition that is known as Sever’s disease typically occurs in early teenage years. It affects the growth plate in the heel, and can be common in children who participate in sporting activities. Research has indicated the tendons and muscles in the feet grow at different speeds, and performing repetitive motions can affect the heel area. You may notice your child experiencing specific symptoms, which may include walking on tip toes, limping, and the heel may appear to be red and swollen. Moderate relief can be felt when the foot is elevated, followed by taking mild pain medication. Additionally, it may be helpful to wear orthotics as the healing process takes place, which may provide adequate support. Treatment may be accelerated when the activity is stopped that caused the injury, in addition to possibly wearing a walking boot. If your child has developed Sever’s disease, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor 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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