Sever's Disease in Children

A Complete Guide for Parents

Sever’s disease, also referred to as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in children between the ages of 6 and 16. This frequent pediatric foot condition affects the growth plate in the heel bone leading to pain and swelling.

What is Sever's Disease in Children with Heel Pain

What is Sever’s Disease?

Sever’s disease is caused by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone during rapid growth spurts. The Achilles tendon and calf muscles tighten as the heel bone grows faster, putting strain on the growth plate.

This irritation of the growth plate in the heel results in swelling, tenderness, and heel pain in one or both feet. Sever’s disease often occurs in active children participating in sports involving running and jumping.

Sever’s Disease Facts

Causes and Risk Factors for Sever’s Disease

The main cause of Sever’s disease is repeated stress to the growth plate in the heel during rapid growth phases. Certain factors put children at increased risk

Growth Spurts

Sports Participation

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Signs and Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

The most common symptom is heel pain affecting one or both feet. Other possible Sever’s disease symptoms include

Heel Pain

Swelling, Limping, Stiffness

Identifying Sever's Disease

How to Check for Sever's

Play Video about Identifying Sever's Disease with Dr Mikkel Jarman

In this video Dr. Jarman demonstrates how he performs a check for Sever’s in office. While this demonstration can help in identifying Sever’s, there may be situations where an X-ray at the office is required to rule out any other possible conditions.

It’s important to note that this demonstration is not a substitute for an official diagnosis.

For an official diagnosis it is always advised to seek guidance from a licensed pediatric podiatrist.

Mikkel C. Jarman, DPM, FACFAS

"As a Pediatric Podiatrist, I diagnose and manage a wide range of pediatric foot conditions, encompassing various types of heel pain. Among these, particularly in young athletes, Sever's Disease is overwhelmingly prevalent, accounting for over 85% of such cases."

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Long Term Outlook for Sever’s Disease

With appropriate treatment and management, Sever’s disease does not cause any long term issues or complications. The symptoms fully resolve once the child’s heel bone finishes growing and the growth plates close.

Getting prompt treatment for Sever’s disease ensures the best outcome for your child. Please reach out with any additional questions!