Heel pain in children
Heel pain in children is not uncommon. In fact, children whether involved in competitive sports or not can find themselves with heel pain. Sometimes ignoring symptoms can lead to other lower limb injuries, so it is best to see your Podiatrist if your child’s heel pain persists. Here are some common causes of heel pain in children, and how you can help identify them.
The most common cause of heel pain in children is Sever’s disease. Caused by the swelling and irritation of the growth plate in the heel.
Achilles tendinitis, although more commonly seen in adults, can also occur in children. This is due to the Achilles tendon becoming inflamed. Pain in the back of the heel, swelling or redness are symptoms of this injury.
Plantar fasciitis in children feet are often caused by the inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the arch from the heel. If your child has Plantar fasciitis they may complain of heel pain, difficulty walking, tenderness along the arch of the foot and symptoms that worsen as the day progresses.
Although not a common occurrence, foot fractures can result from a fall or direct impact. A fracture can be identified by swelling to the area, severe pain, bruising and your child being unable to put weight on the foot.
Your podiatrist will do a detailed assessment and prescribe a treatment solution when it comes to your child’s heel pain. These include;
- Footwear Advice both School and Sports
- Modified training regimes
- CAM Walkers
If you are concerned about your child’s heel pain, ensure you visit your Podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent a chronic injury. Call Moreland Podiatry if you have any further questions regarding your child’s feet or book an appointment online to speak to one of our Podiatrists today.