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What to Do if My Child Has Sever’s Disease

If your child is between 8 and 14 years old, is active in sports, and complains of heel pain, he or she might have developed Sever’s disease. Symptoms include redness and swelling in the heel, pain first thing in the morning, limping or walking on tiptoe, and pain when the heel is squeezed on both sides. This condition is caused by irritation of the cartilage around the growth plate of the heel bone. It commonly affects adolescent children who are physically active and experiencing a growth spurt. Running and jumping on hard surfaces increases the child’s chances of developing Sever’s disease. One way to help reduce the pain is to stop the sports activity for a few weeks and give the heels a rest. Also, it’s helpful to ice the heel for around 15 minutes every few hours. If the pain does not subside, it is a good idea to introduce your child to a podiatrist who can examine the heel and recommend further treatment.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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