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Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents, especially those who play sport or are particularly active. Sever’s disease occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel bone becomes aggravated and painful.

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Frequently asked questions about Sever’s Disease

Will it go away without treatment?

Sever’s disease may flare during periods of increased growth and physical activity and then ease somewhat during quieter periods.  The condition will permanently resolve when the growth plate in the child’s heel bone closes, usually around 13-15 years of age.

Does my child need to stop activity?

We recommend a decrease in the amount or intensity of activity until symptoms resolve. It is important that normal sport and activities are not continued if symptoms are being experienced as this may lead to significant damage and bony changes at the growth plate.

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