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Sever’s Disease

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Sever’s Disease – A Foot Surgeon in Plainfield Explains

Sever’s disease is a painful condition that occurs in the heels of growing children when the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel bone. Repeated stress on the growth plate leads to stabbing pain and inflammation at the site.

The Causes of Sever’s Disease

The most common cause of Sever’s disease is repetitive stress on the growth plate at the heel bone. This is the site where the band of tissue known as the Achilles tendon pulls on the back of the heel. The condition most often occurs during times of rapid growth.

The condition most commonly occurs in physically active children between the ages of 8 and 14. The pain can worsen if the child goes through a “growth spurt” during which the bone grows faster than the tendon. The resulting tension increases the pull of the tendon on the heel.

Admittedly, Sever’s disease is painful, but it is not a serious condition. It does not cause long-term damage or lead to arthritis, and the condition often resolves itself after the growth plates close.

Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

The most common symptoms include the following:

  • Foot pain in one or both heels that often comes and goes.
  • Pain that gets worse after activities, especially strenuous activities.
  • Involving limping or walking on the toes to avoid putting pressure on the heels.
  • That occurs when pressing on the back of the heel.
  • Pain that tends to be worse in the morning hours when a child first wakes up.

Treatment and Physical Therapy

For heel pain suffered in Bolingbrook and elsewhere from Sever’s disease, treatment includes:

  • Rest – Physical activities should be limited, and rest breaks should be taken.
  • Ice – Place ice in a towel and apply to the painful heel for 15–20 minutes.
  • Pain relief – OTC medications taken with food can help relieve pain, inflammation and swelling.
  • Proper footwear – Avoid going barefooted and wear well-cushioned, supportive shoes.
  • Stretches – Regular stretching can help loosen tight Achilles tendons and reduce the tension on the growth plates.


With proper rest, treatment, and time, Sever’s disease usually goes away. However, it is a disease that can come and go over long periods , and your child should continue stretching regularly to prevent recurrences.

Treatment for Heel Pain in Plainfield and Bolingbrook, IL

At Suburban Foot & Ankle, we have two convenient locations to serve you. If you think your child is suffering from Sever’s disease, we urge you to call and make an appointment with the foot and ankle specialists at Suburban Foot & Ankle and give us the opportunity to treat the condition and relieve your child’s pain.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association