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Sever's Disease

What is Sever's disease?

Sever's disease is a condition occurring in pre-adolescents that causes pain, swelling and soreness in the heel bone, also known as the calcaneus.

Sever's disease causes pain on either side of and/or on the bottom of the heel. During a period of pre-adolescent development, the growing heel bone can be overused when the child is involved in a lot of running and jumping activities. Impact on the heel bone and repeated traction on the growing bone from the Achilles tendon can lead to swelling in the area.

Who gets Sever's disease?

Sever's disease only occurs during a certain period of pre-adolescence, when the heel bone is going through a rapid growth spurt. In girls, this typically occurs around 8 to 10 years of age, and in boys, between ages 10 and 13.

Sever's disease is more common in active, athletic children. The condition is difficult to prevent completely but changing the type and amount of physical activity when your child is experiencing pain will help.

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