Severís Disease is the term used for heel pain in children. It is the inflammation of the growth plate (calcaneal apophysis) of the heel bone.
Children often complain of pain in the heel area of the foot. Pain initially occurs only after physical activity (like playing football) however, if timely preventative measures are not taken, over time, the pain could occur during physical activity as well
When the child is growing the muscles and bones grow. A stage may come when the muscles are still catching up to match the growth of the bone. In case of Severís disease, the Achilles tendon that attaches to the back of the heel may exert a slight pull on the growth plate of the heel. Increased physical activity and pressure on the heel area could cause pain.
Severís disease occurs mostly in athletically active children between 8-15 years of age. It is more common in boys.
Severís disease could limit performance and participation in sports. If not attended to in a timely manner, it may limit daily activities as well.