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The Growing Pains of Sever’s Disease

Monday, 17 May 2021 00:00

Sever’s disease, or calcaneal apophysitis, is a painful condition that occurs almost exclusively among growing children between five-to-twelve years old. During growth spurts when the body is changing rapidly, the Achilles tendon which attaches to the back of the calcaneus (heel) bone, can pull repeatedly on the growth plate, causing inflammation and pain at the site. Children who are active in sports—and put additional stress on that area of the heel by running and jumping—are at an increased risk of developing Sever’s disease. While Sever’s disease will go away in time when the growth plate closes, it can be a very painful condition and restrict a child from activities they enjoy. A podiatrist can create custom orthotics that are designed for the child’s individual foot to cushion and support the heel, and give them specific stretching and strengthening exercises as well as anti-inflammatory medicine to help any pain or swelling in the area.

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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