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Sever’s Disease, Rest, and Foot Elevation

Active children and young teenagers with heel pain may need to be checked for Sever’s disease. This foot condition affects the heel's growth plate and can cause difficulty while walking. Noticeable signs can include parents noticing their child walking on their tiptoes or limping. The heel and surrounding area may also be red. Treatment can begin with temporarily stopping the activity that caused this condition, and it is beneficial to perform specific stretches which can provide flexibility and strength. When these are practiced several times per day, the recovery may be accelerated, ranging from two weeks to two months. Additionally, elevating and resting the affected foot may aid in recovery. If your child is active and has heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a chiropodist who can offer a proper diagnosis for Sever’s disease and offer effective treatment methods.

Sever’s disease typically affects young children and teenagers. If your child complains of foot pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Sever’s Disease? 

Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It is typically caused by overuse due to repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and playing certain sports. This condition most frequently affects children between the ages of 8 and 14. 


Symptoms of Sever’s disease include: 

  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel

  • Pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed

  • Limping or walking on tiptoes to avoid putting pressure on the heel

  • Difficulty running, jumping, or participating in usual activities

  • Fatigue 


Sever’s disease is diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical examination. Imaging studies, such as an X-ray, can help rule out other injuries like a fracture. 


Sever’s disease typically heals without any long-term complications. Treatment involves resting the affected foot by reducing typical activities, wearing orthotics to support the foot, immobilizing the affected foot, taking medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and stretching the foot. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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