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Sever's Disease

Updated: Mar 21


Is your child experiencing heel pain?


Children between the ages of 7 and 15 can have a condition known as Sever’s disease.


This injury is common in physically active young people. It’s mostly seen in boys but is also present in young girls. It can occur from growth spurts, overloading and stress of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone, hence why pain is seen in that area.


Some of the symptoms your child may have include:

  • Limping after physical activity (especially if the sports or the activity requires running or jumping)

  • Walking on their toes

  • Stiffness and tenderness around the heel

  • Swelling of the Achilles tendon



There are many factors that can contribute to Sever’s disease. The amount of physical activity your child does (duration, type and frequency) and height and weight are all factors that can lead to this condition.



Our physiotherapists can help diagnose this condition and assist with giving the child appropriate stretches, taping, hands-on treatment and general advice on activity modification/ load.


Podiatrists are also useful in helping selecting appropriate footwear or giving orthotics depending on the severity.


If diagnosed early, symptoms can last a few weeks to a few months. Book Now to have one of our physiotherapists assess your child's heel pain.





Read more....


To learn more about Osgood-Schlatter's Disease, read our blog HERE

To learn more about whether weight training in children stunts growth, read our blog HERE

To learn more about why it's important to stretch, read our blog HERE




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