Causes and Treatment Options for Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common heel condition affecting children during growth spurts. The primary cause lies in the heel bone's growth plate, which is still developing and can become inflamed due to repetitive stress and tension. This often occurs in active children involved in sports or activities that involve a lot of running and jumping. The growth plate is more vulnerable during this period of rapid growth, making it susceptible to injury and irritation. The good news is that Sever's disease is manageable and typically resolves on its own as the growth plate solidifies. Treatment involves rest, modifying activities, stretching exercises, and wearing supportive footwear to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. If your active child has heel pain, which is a common symptom of Sever’s disease, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. This type of doctor can offer tailored treatment options for this condition.

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