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Children, Sports, and Sever’s Disease

Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Sever’s disease affects the heel and arch in young children and teenagers. This age group of people is generally active in participating in running and jumping activities, and the growth plate in the heel is affected. It can be painful at the point where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel, and the surrounding muscles grow faster than the growth plate. The pain is often worse during the chosen activity and may feel better when the foot is rested. Parents may notice their child is limping, and they may have difficulty standing on their tiptoes. A physical examination can be done to confirm this condition, which is followed by treatment that begins with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the pain. Performing stretches that can strengthen the calf muscles may help to accelerate the recovery. If your active child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment for your child.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. 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 Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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