Sever’s Disease (Heel Pain)

What is Sever’s disease?

Sever’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the growth plate at the base of the heel (calcaneus).

When does Sever’s occur?

Sever’s is often present at a time of rapid growth in adolescent athletic children. At this time the muscles and tendons become tighter as the bones become larger. Between 8 – 15 years of age is the usual onset of this condition.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of Sever’s Disease may vary but usually include: -

What causes Sever’s Disease?

Inflammation occurs at the insertion of the achilles tendon into the back of the heel due to a number of reasons. One or several of the following may cause the initiation of Sever’s disease: -

How can your podiatrist help?

Your podiatrist can help manage this condition by implementing a treatment program. This may incorporate one or all of the following: -