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Sever’s Disease and Your Child

Monday, 28 August 2017 00:00

Sever’s disease is a common injury among children, especially during the growth spurts of early puberty. A painful disorder, Sever’s disease is caused when the heel bone outgrows the tendons and muscles; this causes them to become strained. This in turn puts pressure on the growth plate in the heel, which causes swelling and pain. Stress from physical activities can also cause injury. Symptoms of Sever’s disease include swelling, redness, discomfort, pain, and difficulty walking. Podiatrists can diagnose Sever’s disease based on symptoms, examination of the heel, or by squeezing the heel. To treat it, podiatrists will prescribe rest, anti-inflammatory and pain medication, and a foot exercise regimen to strengthen the foot. In some cases, a cast may be necessary to immobilize the foot. Fortunately, Sever’s disease heals quickly. Just be sure to bring your child to a podiatrist if they report pain or swelling in their foot.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists at Shore Podiatry. 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 asscoiatied 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 Long Branch and Point Pleasant, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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