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What causes sever's disease?

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During a growth spurt, your child’s heel bone grows faster than the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in her leg. When the muscles and tendons can’t grow fast enough to keep up, they're stretched too tight.

If your child is very active, especially if he plays a sport that involves a lot of running and jumping on hard surfaces (such as soccer, basketball, or gymnastics), it can put extra strain on her already overstretched tendons. This leads to swelling and pain at the point where the tendons attach to the growing part of his heel.

From: What Is Sever’s Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Sever’s Disease in Children.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Sever’s Disease”

KidsHealth: “Sever’s Disease.”

Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian: “Sever’s Disease.”

University of California, Davis Medical Group: “Sever’s Disease.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital: “Sever’s Disease.”

Washington University Orthopedics: “Sever’s Disease.”

Family Doctor: “Sever’s Disease.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Overuse Injuries in Children.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Sever’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Sever’s Disease in Children.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Sever’s Disease”

KidsHealth: “Sever’s Disease.”

Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian: “Sever’s Disease.”

University of California, Davis Medical Group: “Sever’s Disease.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital: “Sever’s Disease.”

Washington University Orthopedics: “Sever’s Disease.”

Family Doctor: “Sever’s Disease.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Overuse Injuries in Children.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Sever’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

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