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What Is The Medical Name For Sever's Disease?

An inflammation of the growth plate in children and young teenagers may be an indication of Sever’s disease. It can happen as a result of the muscles and tendons growing slower than the heel bone, which may cause pressure and tightness at the back of the heel. The medical name for this condition is known as calcaneal apophysitis and swelling in the heel area may be one of the symptoms. Parents may notice their child is limping or walking on tiptoes, and it is suggested that shoes that fit correctly are worn, preferably with a cushioned heel. Relief may be found when the activity that caused the injury is temporarily stopped, and this can give the child ample time to rest the foot. Some children can benefit from performing specific stretches that are designed to strengthen the heel. If you feel your child may have Sever’s disease, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle 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 Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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