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What Does Sever’s Disease Feel Like?

  1. Sever’s disease, or calcaneal apophysitis, is a particular kind of foot condition that can occur in children when microfractures develop near where the Achilles tendon meets the heel bone. Young boys are most susceptible to developing Sever’s disease, often from overuse due to playing sports or other physical activities. Although it may vary from person to person, Sever’s disease often produces a kind of heel pain. In some patients, the heel pain can be quite painful. A child may have a severe kind of heel pain that causes limping. Oftentimes, a child will not feel any swelling around the affected area. Sever’s disease can sometimes feel like plantar fasciitis, another source of heel pain. However, one important distinction between the two is that heel pain from plantar fasciitis is typically most pronounced at the beginning of the commencement of movement and will then go away. If you suspect that your child has Sever’s disease, consult a podiatrist today.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. 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 our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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