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Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

The growth plate in the heel is commonly injured among children and young teenagers that frequently participate in running and jumping activities. Injury to the growth plate can lead to a condition that is known as Sever’s disease, which can cause pain and discomfort. Along with injury, this condition can develop as a result of different growth rates as the bones, muscles, and tendons mature. Common symptoms of Sever’s disease can include stiffness in the heel area and the heel may appear to be red. Elevating the affected foot may bring mild relief, and it can help to temporarily stop the activity that caused this condition. Additionally, some patients find it helpful to wear an elastic wrap which may provide necessary support as the healing process occurs. If you notice your child is limping, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who is able to treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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