- What Is It?
- How Long Does It Last?
What is Sever's condition?
Sever's condition is an inflammation of the growth plate of the bone at the back of the heel (apophysitis of the calcaneus). The inflammation of Sever's condition is at the point where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone.
What causes Sever's condition?
What are signs and symptoms of Sever's condition?
Who gets Sever's condition?
- Sever's condition occurs in adolescent or older children, particularly active boys.
- It can be very painful.
- It is one of those conditions commonly referred to as "growing pains."
- Patients are evaluated for signs of conditions that can mimic Sever's condition, such as ankylosing spondylitis and other forms of arthritis.
- Usually, Sever's condition is self-limited; that is, it disappears as the child ages.
How do health care professionals diagnose Sever's condition?
Sever's condition is diagnosed by detecting the characteristic symptoms and signs above in the older children, particularly boys between 8 and 15 years of age. Sometimes X-ray testing can be helpful as it can occasionally demonstrate irregularity of the calcaneus bone at the point where the Achilles tendon attaches.
What is the treatment for Sever's condition?
When the condition flares, it is treated