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Who Can Develop Sever’s Disease?

Sever’s disease is a condition that affects the heel of the foot. Children and young teenagers who are physically active may be prone to developing this ailment, which may cause the child to limp or walk on their tiptoes. It is defined as an inflammation of the muscles and tendons surrounding the growth plate in the heel, and it happens when this plate grows faster than the heel bone. This age group of children from 5 to 11 who frequently participate in running and jumping activities can develop this painful condition, which can be accompanied by swelling. Additional reasons why Sever's disease may happen can be from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, being overweight, or if one leg is shorter than the other. Treatment often begins with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the pain and elevating the affected foot as often as possible. Wearing custom-made orthotics may help the child to feel better, which can provide the necessary support as the healing process occurs. If your child has symptoms of Sever’s disease, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively determine the cause of their heel pain, and treat it accordingly. 

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