Severs disease is an injury to the growth plate found at the back of the heel. This condition occurs in children because their growth plates haven’t completely fused to the bulk of the bone. Growth plates enable bone growth to occur but they are also sites of weakness in the bone which are more prone to injury. Severs disease is commonly found in young athletes who perform running and jumping activities. This repetitive contraction causes tightening of the calf which pulls the Achille’s tendon at its insertion onto the heel growth plate. The increase tension of these structures causes an inflammatory reaction at the site of the active growth plate which is seen in this condition.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Pain and sensitivity over the heel growth plate.
- Swelling over growth plate is evident.
- Pain gets worse during activity and exercise.
- May alter gait when acute and severe.