top of page

Kids Heel Pain - Sever's condition

Sever's Condition is a common cause of heel pain, particularly in the young and physically active. It usually develops just before puberty. Boys are slightly more prone to this condition than girls. Physiotherapy can help manage the symptoms of Sever's Condition so that the young person can continue to engage in physical activity.
Another name for Sever's Condition is Calcaneal Apophysitis. 'Calcaneus' is your heel bone, 'apophysis' is where the tendon joins the heel and 'itis' means inflammation.


There are a few signs and symptoms that indicate Sever's Condition, which may affect one or both heels. These include:

  • Pain in the heel or around the Achilles tendon

  • Heel pain during physical exercise, especially activities that require running or jumping

  • Worsening of pain after exercise

  • A tender swelling or bulge on the heel that is sore to touch

  • Calf muscle stiffness first thing in the morning.

  • A tendency to tiptoe.


The main treatments are

  • Relative rest and modified activity

  • Orthotic inserts worn inside the shoes can take some of the traction pressure off the Achilles tendons.

bottom of page