Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common condition affecting young athletes, particularly those engaged in activities that involve running and jumping. This condition occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel bone becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress and tension. Sever's disease is most prevalent during periods of rapid growth when the bones and muscles develop at different rates. As a result, symptoms often include heel pain, tenderness, and swelling, particularly after physical activity. The discomfort can limit a child's ability to participate in sports, and walking may become painful. Recognizing the connection between growth spurts and heel pain can prompt early intervention and management of Sever's disease to ensure a smoother path toward physical activity and development. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole 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 office located in New Orleans, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read more about Sever's Disease

Connect With Us