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What Is Sever’s Disease?

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is common among children ages five to twelve. This condition arises during growth spurts and is often found when kids play sports and put more pressure on their heels. While the pain in the heel area can be painful, it does not cause any long-term effects. It is simply a result of the longest and largest tendon (the iliotibial band) attaching to the tensor fascilata and a portion of the tibia. The pain associated may be felt in one or both heels and could cause the child to shy away from the activity for as long as a few months. It is best to let the child rest so the heels can continue to grow as well as give the pain or swelling a chance to subside. If there is concern or the pain is lasting longer than anticipated, a visit to a podiatrist is suggested. It is important that a podiatrist conduct a thorough examination so the child is properly diagnosed, and a treatment regimen can begin. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. Our doctor 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 Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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