Sever’s disease is the swelling and irritation of the growth plate in the heel. The growth plate is a layer of cartilage where most of the bone growth happens. Since it is weaker, it is more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone.

Sever’s disease causes pain or tenderness in one or both heels in growing children. It is especially prevalent during growth spurts since bones, muscles, and tendons grow at different rates.

When the muscles and tendons become tight, the growth plate in the heel is pulled, causing pain. Activities and sports pull the tight muscles and tendons, which causes injury to the growth plate.

Children ages 9-14 years old are most often the ones affected by Sever’s disease, especially if they participate in activities on hard surfaces, like basketball or track.

At ProActive Foot & Ankle, we will gather information about your child’s lifestyle and examine their feet, paying close attention to the heel. An X-ray may be needed to rule out any other conditions or breaks.

Treatment plans will be tailored to your child and usually includes cutting down on activities that cause pain.

Icing the area, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), elastic wraps, supportive footwear, and removable weight-bearing boots are just some ways to treat Sever’s disease.

ProActive Foot & Ankle wants to keep your child happy, healthy, and pain-free. Come in today to get specialized care and a treatment plan for your child.