Helping your athlete deal with Sever’s syndrome


seversHLHelping your athlete deal with Sever’s syndrome

Has your young athlete been experiencing pain in his or her heal? Then they might have Sever’s syndrom.

Sever’s (pronounced See-vers) is a temporary but often painful disorder resulting from inflammation of the heel. It usually strikes children between the ages of 8 and 13, while their growth plate is still developing and cartilage is calcifying into bone. Active children, like those involved in running-dominated sports such as soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, are especially prone.

“Most of the kids who develop this are playing sports,” says Dr. Adrienne Spirt, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle problems at the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center. “Usually it will resolve itself in two to three months, but it’s not uncommon to have a reoccurrence in the future.”

To read more check out our story Sever’s syndrome is a pain in the heal for young athletes.