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Understanding Sever's Disease in Children

Sever's disease, medically known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children. This condition occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or excessive physical activity. Common causes include participation in sports that involve running or jumping, such as soccer or basketball. Symptoms of Sever's disease include pain and tenderness in the heel, swelling, and difficulty walking. Preventing this condition involves ensuring children wear properly fitting, supportive footwear and encouraging them to stretch before physical activity. Limiting activities that place excessive strain on the heel can also help. Early detection and management are vital to prevent long-term discomfort. If your child has heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean 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 Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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