Childhood Heel Pain

by | Nov 25, 2015

Athletic programs in schools present a great opportunity for adolescents and young adults to learn the values of hard work, goal setting, and working as a team. As with all forms of physical activity, there is also opportunity for injury. One common source of heel pain—calcaneal apophysis—while not exactly a sports injury—can be exacerbated by running and jumping.

Also known as Sever’s disease, this condition is neither a disease nor an injury. Instead, it is a condition that develops on account of differences in the physical maturation process for the heel bone (calcaneus) and soft tissues. The problem arises when the physis (growth plate) in the back of the calcaneus goes through a growth spurt before the tendons and muscles in the legs.

When adolescent children—boys between the ages of 10-15 and girls between the ages of 8-13—are physically active or play sports (like basketball) it can lead to excessive strain on tendons that are already overstretched. This results in symptoms like:

  • Swelling, redness, and pain in the affected heel(s)
  • Tightness and tenderness, which is especially noticeable when the area is gently squeezed
  • Heel pain following physical activity and particularly if it goes away with rest
  • Limping or trouble while walking

Childhood heel pain caused by calcaneal apophysis will go away in time. Until it does, however, your child can benefit from treatment that is centered on alleviating the often painful symptoms that accompany this common condition.

When your son or daughter experiences pain in the heel, or anywhere in the foot or ankle, bring him or her in to see the experts at Brook Valley Podiatry. We will assess the situation, provide a diagnosis, and then create a treatment plan specifically for your child. Contact our Spring Valley office at (845) 352-0757, or schedule an appointment online today.

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