Sever’s Disease (calcaneal apophysitis)

Causes of Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease occurs when the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel bone, increasing the tension on it. This results in inflammation where the tendon attaches to the heel. It often manifests when a child starts a new sport or activity, and can cause severe pain that can limit participation. Despite its name, it is not really a disease. After about age 14, or when the adolescent has gone through the major growth phases, it usually resolves completely.

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