What Causes Sever's Disease?

Sever’s disease is a condition, often common in childhood and early adolescence, that causes pain and swelling around the growth plate of the heel. During childhood and puberty, children often experience growth spurts around the ends of their bones. Sometimes, an imbalance between the growth rates of the bones, muscles, and tendons occur, which can cause a buildup of tension around these areas. The Achilles tendon, which attaches to the heel, can produce repetitive strain around the growth plate of the heel bone. This leads the growth plate to become more likely to get irritated due to overload from repetitive physical activities like running and jumping. Sever’s disease causes symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness in the heel. If your child complains of heel pain, it suggested that you take them to see a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Mina Abadeer from Lower Limb Institute. 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.

Symptoms

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 one of our offices located in and around Hackensack and Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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