Sever's disease is a foot problem in children which causes an inflammation in the growth plate of the heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. Sever's disease is common among in children especially those who play sports. Sever's disease can be very painful, but can be treated with painless and non surgical ways. 

hillsborough podiatrist treats severs disease

What Causes Sever's Disease

Sever's disease develops during puberty when children are growing. As the muscles and tendons are growing, they can pull and become tight. Sports and exercises can add strain and pulling on the growth plate. 

How Does It Feel

Sever's Disease is painful and can feel worse after exercising or sports. It can cause children to walk on their tip toes or have trouble walking. The back of the heel can become red and swollen. Children often begin to sit out of sports or complain about walking and pain in their heels. 


Our Hillsborough podiatrists treat Sever's disease in the office without surgery or pain. The first step in treatment begins with a heating pad applied for 15 minutes twice a day. You can also give the child children's motrin. Custom orthotics are used to treat the problem and not just the symptoms. The orthotics will work to control the stresses the Achilles tendon places on the heel bone. 



Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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