Sever's disease (also known as Calcaneal Apophysitis) is a common heel injury that occurs in children. It can be painful, but it is only temporary with no long-term effects.
Sever’s disease is a traction apophysitis of the Achilles tendon insertion at the heel. The common cause is the child undergoing growth spurts.
It is most seen in active children.
Sever's disease is a painful bone disorder that results from inflammation (swelling) of the growth plate in the heel. It occurs in both girls and boys, usually between 8 and 12 years, and resolves upon cessation of growth.
The growth plate, or epiphyseal plate, is the area at the end of a developing bone. Here cartilage cells change to become bone cells expanding and uniting, which is how bones grow.
A common complaint is heel pain with exercise, especially during running and jumping.
The main treatment for Sever’s disease is rest, which helps to relieve pressure on the heel bone, decreasing swelling and reducing pain.
Properly fitted shoes with strong counter are good for heel control.
Orthotics with proper heel control and in some cases, a heel lift will help alleviate heel pain by restricting the heel bone movements.