When Active Children Develop Heel Pain
If the change to 2014 has your family back on a strict budget, it certainly doesn’t mean that fun has to go out the window – especially if you live in Dallas, TX! The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has a myriad of free and affordable family activities. Take a ride on the Forest Park Miniature Railroad, see the dramatic water fountains at Fountain Place, take in a musical at Artie’s Playhouse, or get lost in The Tubes—a massive indoor play area that is totally free. However, if your child complains of heel pain after a day out, pay attention.
Growing kids who are physically active can experience problems with heel pain, and it is typically due to a condition called Sever’s disease. The name may sound scary, but it is a common temporary heel injury that can be easily treated.
Children have a growth plate in the back of the heel bone, and the Achilles tendon inserts into this growth plate. With some children, the heel bone can grow at a faster rate than the leg muscles and tendons during a growth spurt. This can make the Achilles tendon tight and overstretched, and repeated stress over time can damage the growth plate and cause swelling, tenderness and pain and the back of the heel. A child who plays basketball, gymnastics, track or soccer is at higher risk because of the stress of training and sports.
The goal of treatment is pain relief, and we achieve this with rest, avoiding activities that could further aggravate the heel, stretches, exercises, icing, and wrapping. It is only in severe cases that full immobilization is necessary.
If your child has discomfort in their heel or any kind of foot pain, contact Dallas Podiatry Works. Pediatric podiatrists, Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt are particularly attentive to the needs of their young patients and can provide the treatment your child needs to stay active. Make an appointment today by calling our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
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