A foot condition that is common among active children and young teenagers is called Sever’s disease. It is characterized by heel pain and affects kids who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. The medical term for this ailment is known as calcaneal apophysitis and the pain comes from the heel area as new bones form at the growth plate. Excess repetition can cause inflammation surrounding the heel which can make it difficult to walk. The symptoms that are generally felt with this condition can consist of swelling, tenderness, and limping. Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may contribute to the onset of Sever’s disease. This may also cause the ankle to have a limited range of motion. After a diagnosis is performed, which includes having a physical assessment and an X-ray taken, it may be recommended that specific stretches are completed to help strengthen the affected foot. Additionally, a podiatrist may prescribe custom-made orthotics that can provide additional cushioning. If your child is afflicted with Sever’s disease, please consult with this type of doctor to manage this condition.

Sever’s disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. 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.

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