July 20th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Severs Disease

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Severs Disease
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on the disease

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 


On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com. 

Although the name sounds alarming, Severs Disease is really a very common heel injury that occurs in children ages 7 to 15, with the majority of cases affecting 10 to 14 year olds. The disease is characterized by activity related pain that occurs on the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Symptoms are generally more common in those that over pronate.


  • Pain or tenderness at the heel bone
  • Pain with walking, running, or when the heel is squeezed
  • Limping; more severe with running
  • May have local swelling


  • Stretching gastro/soleus complex (calf)
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Rest
  • Physical therapy


  • The disease is self-limiting in that, symptoms go away with rest. It is associated with childhood growth spurts, so re-occurrence is common.


  • Maintain flexibility
  • Preventive icing after practice
  • Shock absorbing shoe inserts


Feature contributed by: Tom Mooney, P.T.

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

Main Office: 502-897-1794

Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

Website: louortho.com

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