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Gentle Stretches for Sever's Disease

Sever's disease, a common heel condition among active children, can cause discomfort, but incorporating gentle stretches into daily routines can offer relief. Targeting the calf muscles, a simple standing calf stretch involves placing the affected foot behind the other, pressing the heel into the ground. The soleus stretch, achieved by bending the knee while keeping the heel on the floor, targets the deeper calf muscles. Additionally, the seated hamstring stretch aids in maintaining flexibility in the lower leg. Gentle Achilles stretches, with a focus on controlled movements, can also contribute to easing the tension associated with Sever's disease. Incorporating these stretches into daily activities promotes flexibility and aids in managing discomfort. To prevent exacerbating symptoms, it is important to perform these exercises consistently and avoid overexertion. If your active child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer additional relief options. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lakewood Ranch, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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