Sever’s disease, Severs and Calcaneal Apophysitis are all terms used to define heel pain experienced by children and young adolescents. It’s important to note that Sever’s disease is technically not a ‘disease’, but a common cause of heel pain in younger people which can occur in one or both feet.
What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s Disease is a fancy name for heel pain experienced by your child or teen. Children and teens often feel Sever’s heel pain when they are having a big growth spurt. It is quite common for your child’s foot to grow faster than their Achilles tendon (which is joined to the heel bone and goes up towards the calf). When the tendon hasn’t lengthened enough to keep up with the growing foot size, your child can feel tension, pain and swelling at the heel.
Child heel pain is very different to that experienced by adults. While adult heel pain will often subside after walking, paediatric heel pain tends not to improve in this same manner. In most cases, walking, running and vigorous exercise will actually make the pain worse.
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