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Causes and Treatment for Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, which is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common ailment affecting young athletes. This condition arises during the child's growth spurt years when the heel bone's growth plate becomes inflamed as a result of repetitive stress. Sporting activities involving running and jumping can exacerbate the condition. The intensity of physical activity, coupled with the bones growing at different rates, puts strain on the developing heel. The result is pain and tenderness that can disrupt a young athlete's active life. Thankfully, effective treatments exist. Rest and activity modification can help to alleviate pressure, in addition to elevating the affected foot. Performing stretching exercises that target calf muscles and wearing supportive, cushioned footwear also can aid in recovery. Consulting a podiatrist is important for an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. With appropriate care, Sever's disease can be managed, ensuring a smoother journey toward adulthood's peak physical performance. If your child has heel pain, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor who can treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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