Severs (Kids Heel Pain)

Sever’s is a common heel condition that affects children, typically between the ages of 8 and 14. It is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneus), where the Achilles tendon attaches. This condition is more prevalent during periods of rapid growth, commonly seen in pre-adolescents and adolescents.

What causes Sever’s?  

Sever’s is primarily caused by the stress on the growth plate during periods of rapid growth. Factors such as repetitive impact from sports, inadequate footwear, and certain foot structures can contribute. 

Will my child outgrow Sever’s, or does it require treatment? 

Many children naturally outgrow Sever’s as the growth plate matures. However, treatment may be necessary to manage symptoms, alleviate pain, and promote a quicker recovery.

Can my child continue participating in sports with Sever’s?

In many cases, activity modification may be recommended to reduce stress on the heel. A podiatrist can provide guidance on appropriate sports and activities during the treatment period.

Are there exercises or stretches that can help relieve my child’s heel pain? 

Yes, specific stretching and strengthening exercises can be beneficial. We can recommend appropriate exercises tailored to your child’s condition.


Can Sever’s cause long-term complications, and should I be concerned about my child’s future foot health?  

Sever’s typically does not cause long-term complications. With proper management, the prognosis is generally favourable. Regular follow-up with a podiatrist ensures ongoing support and monitoring.

If your child is experiencing heel pain, bring them in today for an assessment.