Sever's disease, despite its name, is not an illness but a common heel condition affecting growing children, particularly those engaged in sports or activities that involve repetitive stress on the heel bone. Commonly observed in children aged 8 to 14, Sever's disease arises from the inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches. Recognizing the symptoms is vital for early intervention. Affected children may experience heel pain, swelling, and tenderness, especially during or after physical activity. As bones grow faster than muscles and tendons during this age range, the tightness and strain on the heel's growth plate become more pronounced. Factors such as rapid growth, high-impact sports, or wearing inadequate footwear contribute to vulnerability. Understanding Sever's disease and its symptoms equips parents, coaches, and young athletes to navigate this temporary, but uncomfortable condition with informed care and appropriate preventive measures. If your active child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that he or she is under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of the podiatrists from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
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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