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Who Is at Risk to Develop Sever’s Disease?

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting children and adolescents, particularly those who are active in sports. It is not a disease in the traditional sense, but rather an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone, which is medically known as the calcaneus. This inflammation occurs as a result of repetitive stress or tension on the growth plate, typically during periods of rapid growth and development. Children between the ages of eight and 14 are most susceptible to Sever's disease, as this is when the growth plate is most active. Certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing Sever's disease, including participation in high-impact sports that involve running and jumping, having tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons, and improper footwear. Additionally, having biomechanical issues such as flat feet or high arches may cause Sever’s disease. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can effectively treat Sever’s disease.

Sever’s disease typically affects young children and teenagers. If your child complains of foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Sever’s Disease? 

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It is typically caused by overuse due to repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and playing certain sports. This condition most frequently affects children between the ages of 8 and 14. 


Symptoms of Sever’s disease include: 

  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel

  • Pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed

  • Limping or walking on tiptoes to avoid putting pressure on the heel

  • Difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities

  • Fatigue 


Sever’s disease is diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as an X-ray, can help rule out other injuries like a fracture. 


Sever’s disease typically heals without any long-term complications. Treatment involves resting the affected foot by reducing typical activities, wearing orthotics to support the foot, immobilizing the affected foot, taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and stretching the foot. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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