Pediatric Orthopedics

Severs’ Disease (Heel Pain in Children)

Severs’ disease

Severs’ disease is seen in girls between 8 and 10 years of age, whereas 10-12 years of age in boys. Sever’s disease is very rare after age 15 . The disease is more common in boys. The posterior part of the heel bone is affected.

What are the symptoms?

The disease is seen particularly in very active, athletic and overweight children and adolescents. The major complaint is heel pain which may cause limping after excessive walking or sportive activities. Achilles tendon and its insertion can be tender and painful when pushed on. Patient experience pain when they walk on their heels. Generally involvement is bilateral.

Rest, and ice application are recommended in the treatment. Silicone heel supports and stretching exercises are also helpful.


heel pain in children

Severs’ Disease

About the author

Prof.Dr. Seref Aktas