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What is severs disease?



Severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis causes heel pain usually in growing children between age nine and fourteen. It occurs as a result of disturbance during the final development of the heel growth plate. During this time the achilles tendon is pulling strongly on the heel bone and this excessive force can cause inflammation and pain.


What are the symptoms of severs disease?

  • Pain in the lower calf and heel area which may be worse when applying pressure either side
  • Pain worse on activity especially those involving running or jumping
  • In severe cases this may cause the child to limp when walking
  • One or both heels affected

How can physiotherapy help severs disease?



Severs disease is typically a self-limiting condition that will eventually resolve as skeletal maturity is reached. Physiotherapy can help relieve the symptoms of severs disease by:
  • Providing advice on pain management techniques
  • Assessing foot posture and biomechanics
  • Biomechanical correction
  • Provision of heel wedges
  • Advising on activity modification whilst symptomatic
  • Assisting with return to activity
  • Exercises to address any tightness, weakness or muscle imbalance
  • Advising on appropriate footwear

Why Manchester Physio?

  • Fast treatment available, no waiting lists
  • One on one treatment
  • Specialist orthotics available directly
  • Dedicated, patient centred approach
  • Specialist physiotherapists
  • Motivated, caring staff
  • Proven track record
We understand that severs disease can be painful and worrying for your child. Our team of specialist physiotherapists can provide thorough assessment and effective treatment to reduce the symptoms to improve function.

Manchester Physio can provide treatment of children with severs disease across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We can provide assessment and treatment at our clinic, a child's school or at your home for your convenience.

See our testimonials to read about the experiences of current and past patients.

To find out more please contact us or arrange a free phone consultation.




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