Severs Disease

Boston Children’s Hospital's Lower Extremity Program in the Orthopedic Center has experience caring for adolescents Sever’s disease, a common heel injury that can be easily treated without your child needing surgery.

Image of foot anatomy for Sever's disease 

What is Sever’s disease?

Sever’s disease (also known as calcaneal apophysitis) is a type of bone injury in which the growth plate in the lower back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon (the heel cord that attaches to the growth plate) attaches, becomes inflamed and causes pain. Sever’s disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children, especially those who exercise or play sports on a regular basis.

Boston Children’s approach to Sever’s disease

Experts in the Orthopedic Center at Boston Children's provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow-up care to children, adolescents and young adults with Sever’s disease and other problems of the musculoskeletal system. The Lower Extremity Program's skilled physicians and sports medicine experts work with physical therapy staff to deliver comprehensive evaluation and long-term treatment plans.

Our Sports Medicine Division experts have also developed innovative evaluation programs and effective injury prevention programs and strategies. Together, we provide your child with expert diagnosis, treatment and care—as well as the benefits of some of the most advanced clinical and scientific research in the world.