Heel Pain and the Growth Plate

Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

The condition that is known as Sever’s disease affects the growth plate in the heel. This condition can be common among children and teenagers who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It is considered to be a bone disorder that can develop from swelling in the injured heel. The heel pain may increase from wearing shoes that do not fit properly, in addition to having an existing foot condition that may include overpronation or high arches. It may be beneficial to temporarily stop the activity that caused this condition to develop, and it may help to elevate the affected foot. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and guide you toward proper treatment techniques, which may include wearing orthotics.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors 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.


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 Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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