Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in growing kids. It’s an inflammation of a growth plate in children. It usually affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, because the heel bone (calcaneus) is not fully developed until at least age 14. This type of condition can occur in one or both feet. The heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated running and pounding on hard surfaces, resulting in muscle strain and inflamed tissue. Due to this sensitivity, active kids are more vulnerable to this condition. Walking typically makes the pain worse. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we provide the best care for your child!