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Sever Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is Sever disease?

Sever disease is heel pain that develops when your child goes through a growth spurt. Your child has a tendon that attaches to the back of his or her heel called the Achilles tendon. This tendon does not grow as quickly as your child's bones. The tendon stretches and pulls on your child's heel, which causes pain.

What increases my child's risk for Sever disease?

Activities with a lot of running and jumping increase your child's risk for Sever disease. Some examples include soccer, football, and gymnastics. Sever disease usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14. It is most common in active children 9 to 12 years old.

What are the signs and symptoms of Sever disease?

How is Sever disease diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider can usually diagnose Sever disease during an exam. He or she may squeeze the sides of your child's foot near the heel. Your child's provider may want an x-ray of your child's foot.

How is Sever disease managed?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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