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Management of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting children, particularly active adolescents during growth spurts. It occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or overuse. This is often worsened by activities like running, jumping, or participating in sports. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination by a podiatrist, focusing on tenderness and swelling around the heel. X-rays may also be used to rule out other potential causes of heel pain. Treatment may include recommendations for activity modification, custom-made orthotic devices to support the foot and reduce strain on the heel, stretching and strengthening exercises, and footwear guidance. In severe cases, additional interventions such as immobilization with a cast may be necessary. If your child is complaining about heel pain or you notice they are limping, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner 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 offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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