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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Understanding Heel Pain and Diagnosing Sever's Disease

Heel pain is a common complaint among children and adolescents, with one of the prevalent causes being Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis. This condition typically affects active children during growth spurts, usually between the ages of eight and 14. Sever's disease occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or overuse. The primary symptom is heel pain, particularly during physical activities or walking, which may worsen over time if left untreated. Diagnosis of Sever's disease involves a comprehensive assessment by a podiatrist, including a physical examination and medical history review. Imaging tests such as X-rays may be ordered to rule out other potential causes of heel pain and confirm the diagnosis. Treatment options for Sever's disease focus on reducing inflammation and managing symptoms, which may include rest, stretching exercises, and wearing supportive footwear, and orthotic inserts. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if your active child has heel pain, who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of Georgia. 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 Woodstock, Jasper, and Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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