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Sever's Heel Pain

The most common form of heel pain that we see in children is Sever’s Disease. This is most commonly seen in highly active kids between the ages of 8-14. Sever’s is an irritation of a growth plate in the heel while it is in an active phase of growth. Impact from running, jumping or tension on the heel bone from tight calf muscles can inflame the growth plate, leading to a tender, bruised-feeling heel. 

Thankfully, this is not actually doing any damage to the bone itself, so managing Sever’s is mostly a matter of keeping pain levels down until the growth plate finishes fusing. 

Treatment includes:

  • custom orthotics
  • cushion shoes
  • foot strapping
  • heel lifts
  • rest, ice, elevate and pain relief as needed.


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