Sever's disease affects children. It occurs when the heel bone grows faster than the tendons that support it.
In adolescents with Sever’s disease, the Achilles tendon in the ankle can begin to tear away from the heel.
This can lead to:
Both males and females can get Sever's disease. It's most common in children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Young athletes at risk for Sever's disease include those that play a sport that involves:
Sever's disease will resolve itself when the rest of the structures of the foot catch up to the growth in the heel.
It's rare for children with Sever's disease to need a cast.
To make an appointment or learn more about Sever's disease, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
Sever's disease — a painful heel problem — affects children, usually between 8 and 14 years old.
You should contact your pediatrician or a UPMC Sports Medicine specialist if your child has any of the following symptoms of Sever’s disease:
Doctors can diagnose your child's Sever's disease through an exam and MRI.
To make an appointment or learn more about Sever's disease symptoms, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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Sever's disease occurs when a child's heel bone grows faster than the tendons that support it.
The best Sever's disease treatment is R.I.C.E.:
Other heel pain treatment options include:
Your child may need to stay on the sidelines for a while, especially if they play a sport that involves impact to the feet.
In the early stages of Sever’s disease rehab — once your child's foot is free from pain — stretches are crucial to help loosen tight heel and foot muscles.
For successful Sever's disease recovery, it’s vital for your child to stretch and perform exercises to strengthen the leg muscles.
The UPMC Sports Medicine team can help your child with these rehab methods.
To make an appointment for Sever's disease treatment, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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