Sever's disease is a painful condition that occurs in the heels of children and adolescents. It happens when the Achilles tendon pulls on the growth plate of the heel bone, causing inflammation and pain from repeated stress during the rapid growth of puberty.1‘Sever’s Disease FAQ: What Is It? What Are Symptoms And Treatment?’ Washington University Orthopedics, www.ortho.wustl.edu/content/Patient-Care/3189/Services/Pediatric-and-Adolescent-Orthopedic-Surgery/Overview/Knee-Education-Overview/Severs-Disease.aspx
Sever's disease rarely causes long-term damage or arthritis. However, it can be quite painful, but it usually heals on its own within a few months or once the growth plates close. In most cases, it can be managed at home with anti-inflammatory medication, rest and stretching.
Heel pain caused by Sever's disease is felt at the base of the heel, toward the back. It can be severe when standing, walking, running, jumping or any other activity that causes the feet to come in contact with the ground. It can also cause a dull ache when resting due to inflammation. When the bottom of the heel is pressed, it feels bruised.
Tenderness in the heel when pushed or squeezed is another hallmark symptom. Sever's disease can cause pain in one or both heels. Even if only one is affected, both need to be looked after simultaneously.