Sever’s Disease

Severs Disease is a painful condition where the calf muscle/achilles tendon pulls away from the heel bone growth centre causing an inflammatory response. The problem is usually self-limiting and will resolve on its own, however this may take years.

Treatment can help to speed up this recovery process and it should be prompt to prevent the child from being forced to forego activities such as group and class sports during an important developmental stage.

Although each child is different, there are usually subtle biomechanical problems that exacerbate the traction and pain that cause Severs Disease. When these are addressed, we see a significant pain reduction and a return to sport within weeks. Suncoast Podiatry uses video gait assessment software to identify these mechanical problems.