Background Information on Sever's Disease
Pain in the heel of a child's foot, typically brought on by some form of injury or trauma, is sometimes Sever's Disease. Sever's Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a disease of the growth plate of the bone. The disease often mimics Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon attached to the back of the heel.
A tight Achilles tendon may contribute to Sever's Disease by pulling excessively on the growth plate of the heel bone. This condition is most common in younger children and is frequently seen in the active soccer, football or baseball player.
This condition is most common in children ages 10 to 15 and is frequently seen in active soccer, football, or baseball players.Sport shoes with cleats are also known to aggravate the condition.
Treatment includes cutting back on sports activities, calf muscle stretching exercises, heel cushions in the shoes, and/or anti-inflammatory medications. Consult your physician before taking any medications.