Childrens Podiatry | Heel Pain
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Heel Pain

Heel Pain/Sever’s Disease

Sever’s Disease occurs in children when the growth plate (which is the growing part of the heel) is injured. The foot is one of the first body parts to grow to full size. This usually occurs in early puberty. During this time, bones often grow faster than muscles and tendons.


As a result, muscles and tendons become tight. The heel area is less flexible.  During weight-bearing activity (activity performed while standing), the tight heel tendons may put too much pressure at the back of the heel (where the Achilles tendon attaches). This can injure the heel and cause Sever’s Disease.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common foot complaint and is one of the most common conditions treated by Podiatrists. It is often a message from the body that something is in need of medical attention. Pain that occurs right after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we have suffered.


  • Faulty Biomechanics (abnormality in the way we walk)
  • Obesity
  • Ill fitting or poorly constructed footwear
  • Standing/running/jumping on hard surfaces
  • Injury such as bruising or stress
  • Fracture

If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist and you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, you should consult with your Podiatrist.