Young Athletes Should Avoid Specializing in A Single Sport

Severs disease often affects child and teen athletes. Beceause Severs disease is prevalent in young athletes , it is generally ill advised to start specialization in a single sport at too young an age. In fact, specialization should generally be avoided until the child reaches adolescence.  

This information comes with the increasing numbe r of children who attempt specialization at a younger age. Experts recommend specialization begin around fifteen years of age, as it is around this time that most teenagers either stop growing or only have a few years left. Sever’s disease is a common foot condition that occurs in growing children, and manifests as the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.

While Sever’s disease is a foot condition of concern, it is quite common in growing children. If you think your child is suffering from Sever’s disease, see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment. 

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.


Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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