What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease is an acute injury to the growth plate at the back of the heel common in young athletes. It is most common between the ages of 10-12.
In children, there is a growth plate located where the Achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone. During periods of rapid growth the calf muscle and Achilles tendon becomes tighter causing excessive forces through the growth plate. Forcible and repeated contraction of the calf muscle can injure the growth plate causing pain.
- Pain where the Achillies inserts into the heel pain
- Pain increases during exercise
- Tender through the back of the heel and may be some localised swelling
- Tightness/Weakness through the calf complex
- Foot biomechanics
- Over training
- Playing sport on hard surfaces
- Inadequate footwear