Kids Heel Pain

Kids Heel Pain also known as pediatric heel pain, is a common condition that typically occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 14, although it can sometimes affect younger children as well.

Understanding Heel Pain in Children and Teens

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is commonly found in children between the ages of 8 and 13 because the bones in their feet are still growing and the plantar fascia is not stretched as taut as in adults. It tends to occur in obese children as well as in children who are active in sports or especially in children who are starting a new sport usually in the fall. The onset appears to be related to growing. The symptoms are diagnosed upon types of pain and localized to the heel after one has sat on their bottom with feet on the floor and then going to stand on both feet. Usually one is able to walk without pain and usually you cannot feel a lump or growth on the bottom or your heel bone.

Children and teenage heel pain is a common complaint and is mainly caused by a condition called Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease is caused by an inflamed growth plate in the heel from repeated stress. We at Doveston Health specialize in diagnosing and treating children’s heel pain so that they can continue to participate in their chosen activities, pain-free.

Tailored Treatment for Children’s Heel Pain

During the evaluation at our podiatry office, we perform a detailed exam to determine the cause of your child’s pain. Once diagnosed, a treatment plan will be determined which will depend on the needs of the child and may consist of rest, ice, shoe modifications, arch supports or physical therapy, including stretching and strengthening of the Achilles and calf muscles.

Custom orthotics or heel cups may also be recommended in some cases to provide extra cushioning and reduce stress on the heel. Reducing overall stress in the heel can help alleviate symptoms sooner. It is important to treat the pain quickly to prevent further issues down the road, and to allow your child to get on with the activities they love most!

We, at Doveston Health, are dedicated to providing care and solutions to chronic health problems in children, and in order to enable your child to continue leading a healthy and active lifestyle.