Sever's Disease Treatment
Relief from Heel Pain in Southeastern Wisconsin
Sever's disease is a painful heel condition that occurs most often in physically active adolescent boys and girls. Although the condition is not common, Sever's disease treatment is relatively simple and successful.
During adolescent growth spurts, bones often grow faster than muscles and tendons. As a result, muscles and tendons become tight, put pressure on the growth plate at the back of the heel and can cause inflammation and pain associated with Sever's disease. At Aurora Health Care, our pediatricians, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons are experienced in identifying Sever's disease and can typically make the diagnosis based solely on a physical examination.
Once diagnosed, Sever's disease treatment is simple. Therapies include:
- Cutting back on sporting activities until the growth plate can heal
- Applying ice to the heel after activity
- Avoiding going barefoot
- Wearing an orthotic or cast
Sever's disease treatment is typically required only until the two growth areas of the child's heel join together—usually around the age of 16 years. There are no known long-term complications associated with the disease.