Sever's Disease

Also known as: calcaneal apophysitis, Sever disease.

What is Sever’s disease?

Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in children. It occurs when the growth plate at the back of the foot gets injured and becomes inflamed. It’s common in early adolescence as the body is growing quickly.

What causes Sever’s disease?

Typically an injury due to athletic participation or running is the cause of Sever’s disease. It’s common during early adolescence because the heel bone is growing faster than the surrounding ligaments. This makes the area more susceptible to injury at this time.

What are the symptoms of Sever’s disease?

Pain, swelling, redness, stiffness, trouble walking and limping are all common symptoms of Sever’s disease.

What are Sever’s disease care options?

Rest, ice, over-the-counter pain relievers and changes in activities are the best treatments for Sever’s disease. Physical therapy that’s focused on stretching and strengthening exercises can also help in managing the symptoms of the disease.


Reviewed by: Annie L Casta, MD

This page was last updated on: August 19, 2020 03:06 PM

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