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Growth Spurts May Cause Sever’s Disease

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Children and young teenagers who have heel pain may have a foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease. It can affect people in this age group who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It can happen as a result of bones that grow faster than the muscles and tendons in the heel, and this can cause the calf muscles to tighten. Common symptoms that are often experienced with Sever’s disease include swelling, tenderness when the heel is touched, and the patient may walk on their toes due to the pain. Relief and treatment can begin with stopping the activity that caused the condition, followed by performing specific stretches that may ease the pain. A calf stretch is generally successful in improving flexibility in the feet and calves. This is done by standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. The pain typically stops when the growth spurt has been completed, and may return if another growth spurt takes place. If your child has heel pain, please consult a podiatrist who can determine if it is Sever’s disease, and offer correct treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. 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 Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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