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Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is a condition that affects the heels in active children and young teenagers. Participating in running and jumping sporting events may cause Sever’s disease, as a result of, pressure on the heel. Sever’s disease is named after the American doctor James Sever, who discovered this condition in 1912. The heel pain that happens with Sever's disease generally occurs during a growth spurt and may be accompanied by swollen feet. Parents may notice their child is limping or walking on their tiptoes, and this can indicate Sever’s disease. Relief can begin with temporarily stopping the activity that caused this condition, in addition to frequently elevating the foot. As the affected foot heals, there may be specific stretches that can be done that can strengthen the heel. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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