Calcaneal Apophysitis

(aka Sever's Disease)

Calcaneal Apophysitis

Sever’s disease is a condition that occurs at the heel growth plate region. It is more common in young boys, around the ages of 8-11 years. The pain is present with activities, as the soft tissue structures (Achilles tendon & plantar fascia) pull along the heel bone, irritating the growth plate and causing inflammation and pain around the heel.

Treatment Options

  • Rest/modify activities

  • Immobilization (e.g. walking boot, cast)

  • Ice & Anti-inflammatory medications1

  • Stretching & Physical Therapy1

  • Heel cups

  • Orthotics1

Unfortunately, the child’s symptoms often last until the growth plate closes during their teenage years. Until that time, treatment is directed at pain relief.


  • Proper shoe gear1

  • Weight control1

DISCLAIMER: The above information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult the doctor, or your own healthcare provider, should you have questions related to your, or your child's, health.



1. Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease). Retrieved from