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Causes and Effective Treatment Techniques for Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, a prevalent but misunderstood condition among growing adolescents, can introduce pain and discomfort in children and young teenagers. Contrary to its name, it's not a disease, but rather a heel disorder. It occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress from physical activities. Common among active children during growth spurts, Sever's disease typically causes heel pain, particularly during exercise. Getting adequate rest and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief. Long-term management involves adjusting activity levels, incorporating supportive footwear, and considering orthotic inserts. Stretching exercises targeting calf muscles and tendons may help to alleviate pressure. Seeking medical guidance from a podiatrist ensures an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan, allowing young athletes to continue their pursuits with minimized discomfort. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested you contact this type of doctor who can effectively diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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