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What Causes Sever’s Disease?

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting children and adolescents. It occurs due to the inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone, typically during the growth spurts of puberty. One of the primary causes of Sever's disease is the imbalance between the growth of the heel bone and the Achilles tendon. This imbalance can result from intense physical activities, such as running or jumping, which put excessive stress on the heel area. The common symptoms of Sever's disease include heel pain, especially when walking or participating in sports. Pain is often worse during or after activities, and may be accompanied by limping. Swelling and tenderness in the affected heel are also common. It is essential to recognize these signs early, as a timely intervention may help to manage the condition and prevent long-term complications. If your child experiences persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the appropriate course of treatment and ensure a healthy, pain-free adolescence.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. 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 Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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