Children's Heel Pain

Heel pain in children can be commonly attributed to a problem with the growth plate of the heel  bone. This condition is called Sever's disease, otherise known as Calcaneal Aphophysitis.

This condition often affects active children usually aged 9-15 or during the childs largest growth period.  The painful bone disorder that results associates with inflammation and swelling of the growth plate in the heel. A growth plate is an area at the end of a growing bone where cartilage cells change over time into bone cells.


The most obvious and common symptom of Sever’s disease is pain and tenderness at the back of the heel. It can affect one or both heels.

  • Child complains of pain in the heel, often at the back of the heel.
  • Difficulty walking due to pain ( child will often walk on the tip toes to avoid the heel pain)

What causes it?

If muscles and tendons grow at a faster rate than the bones, there can be an excessive amount of stress in the growth plate of the heel bone.  This increased stress over a long period can result in inflammation of the growth plate and the resulting tenderness is known at Sever's Disease. 

Other causes and attributing factors is an abnormal stress from the achilles resulting from a foot rolling in too much causing bowing inthe achilles tendon.  Incorrect footwear or high impact activities on very hard surfaces can also be a contribution  to the inflammation

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Treatment of Severs disease usually involves a combination of:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory treatments such as application of ice/cold packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Footwear assessment and advice
  • Assessment of other causative factors and addressing these.
  • Heel cushions orthotics and heel raisers

Our biomechanical podiatrists can custom make orthotics to suit your child’s specific alignment issues. (The cost of these can be claimed on your health insurance under Podiatry extras)

Treatment of Severs disease does not require surgery. This foot condition responds very well to conservative treatment usually within 2 months. The sooner the symptoms are addressed the quicker the recovery. 


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