Sever's disease

A common cause of foot pain in children and adolescents is a condition referred to as Sever’s disease. It is also known as calcaneal apophysitis.

This problem results in pain in one or both heels, particularly with activity.

Sever’s disease is common amongst physically active children who participate in high impact sports involving jumping or sprinting (e.g. football, basketball, soccer, athletics, netball).

Excessive forces placed on the heel bone at the site where the Achilles tendon inserts leads to inflammation of the growth plate of the bone.

The condition is more prevalent in the early stages of puberty and generally effects females between the ages of 8 – 13 and males from 10 – 15.

Sever’s disease is similar to Osgood-Schlatter disease, a condition affecting the bones in the knees.


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