YourFeetNZ- The Podiatrist |Sports and Foot Health: Heel Pain in Children
Many parents underestimate the importance of their children seeing The Podiatrist regularly. Just as they see a dentist to keep their teeth and gums healthy, children should see The Podiatrist to ensure that their feet and ankles are developing normally. This is especially important for kids who play sports where lots of running or footwork is involved.
During a recent exam, an eight year old patient complained of heel pain, particularly after playing sports. It had worsened over the last few months, and her mother thought it might be plantar fasciitis. In fact, it was osteochondroses, also known as Sever’s disease. Simply put, this condition usually occurs in overactive children who have tight Achilles tendons. The pain results from the repetitive pulling of the tendon on the growth plate in the heel bone.
Treatment of Sever’s disease often consists of immobilization, anti-inflammatories, and stretching before and after activity. Orthotics or a heel pad will also help decrease the tension of the Achilles tendon on the heel. Spontaneous resolution occurs when the growth plate closes as the child grows.
Thankfully, we were able to diagnose the patient’s condition and treat it accordingly. She now has less pain and can prevent injury as she grows. Eventually, this pain will most likely go away on its own.
If you think your child has any foot problems, contact The Podiatrist.
Posted on November 19, 2012, in Contact a Podiatrist, Kids n Motion, What is a Podiatrist, Your feet and tagged Achilles tendon, active, ankle pains, apophysis, arch pain, auckland podiatrist, Caron Orelowitz, caron orelowitz podiatrist, Child, children's foot pain, enthesis, Foot, growing pains, growth plates, grwoing, heel pain, heels, leg pains, oschgood schlatters, pain, plantar fasciitis, podiatry, rapid growth, running, sever's disease, sore ankle, sore feet, sore foot, sore heel, sports, tendons, The Podiatrist, trainers, walking, your feet, yourfeetnz. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.