Is Sever’s Disease Permanent?

There is a foot condition known as Sever’s Disease that affects children and young teenagers. Frequently children who participate in sporting activities experience this condition and it can cause intense heel pain. The medical term for Sever’s disease is calcaneal apophysitis and this name is derived after James Warren Sever, who detected this condition back in 1912. Sever’s disease can occur as a result of extreme force being placed on the growth plate of the heel. The heel bone in children and young teenagers may grow at a faster pace than the surrounding tissues and tendons, which may lead to overstretching. This can cause the heel to have a reduced range of motion and added pressure is placed on the heel plate. Healing can start with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the pain and it may be beneficial to elevate the affected foot as often as possible. If your child has heel pain, please consult with a chiropodist who can effectively diagnose and treat the problem. 

Sever’s disease typically affects young children and teenagers. If your child complains of foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Sever’s Disease? 

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It is typically caused by overuse due to repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and playing certain sports. This condition most frequently affects children between the ages of 8 and 14. 


Symptoms of Sever’s disease include: 

  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel

  • Pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed

  • Limping or walking on tiptoes to avoid putting pressure on the heel

  • Difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities

  • Fatigue 


Sever’s disease is diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as an X-ray, can help rule out other injuries like a fracture. 


Sever’s disease typically heals without any long-term complications. Treatment involves resting the affected foot by reducing typical activities, wearing orthotics to support the foot, immobilizing the affected foot, taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and stretching the foot. 

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