There are several factors that your doctor takes into consideration when diagnosing Sever's disease. There are:
- How active the child is
- A history of Sever's disease symptoms
- Results of a physical examination
If your doctor suspects Sever's disease, he or she may perform a squeeze test, where they apply pressure on both sides of the heel to see if it causes pain. The doctor may sometimes order an MRI or x-ray to eliminate other possible causes of the heel pain.
Sports-related activity or vigorous play brings about painful symptoms for a child suffering from Sever's disease. In a few cases, both heels may exhibit symptoms of this condition, but one foot is often worse than the other.
You should contact your child's doctor as soon as possible if they start to exhibit any of the following:
- Pain in the heel area that worsens with activity
- Redness and tenderness to the touch
- Stiff feet when they wake up in the morning
This condition lasts two to three months on average, though it may recur over several years in some people.