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Sever’s disease, or pediatric calcaneal apophysitis, is quite common among adolescent children and causes heel pain. It sounds scary, but Sever’s disease is treatable and won’t cause lasting damage.It manifests as a swelling and irritation on the cartilage that forms the growth plate in the heel. This growth plate is where most of the bone's growth happens. It is weaker than the surrounding cartilage and is more at risk for injury.