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Sever's Disease and How to Find Relief

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents, particularly those who are active in sports. This condition occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or tension. As children's bones grow faster than their muscles and tendons, excessive pulling on the heel's growth plate can lead to discomfort, swelling, and tenderness. Identifying Sever's disease typically involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist, including a review of symptoms and a physical assessment. While the condition often resolves on its own once growth plate closure occurs, there are several strategies for managing symptoms and finding relief. These may include rest, stretching exercises, and supportive footwear with cushioning insoles. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose if it is Sever's disease, and offer the appropriate treatment method.

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.

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