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Causes of Heel Pain in Children

Causes of Heel Pain in ChildrenHeel pain is most common among those with a bit of life experience—those hard miles add up by the time you reach middle age, and you don’t quite have the capacity to heal and recover that you used to. It isn’t supposed to be something that affects kids. Yet it often does, and that can be very distressing for both children and their parents. That’s especially true when heel pain is keeping your little one from active play or participation in sports.

The most common heel pain condition kids experience is called calcaneal apophysitis, or Sever’s disease. Don’t be alarmed: Sever’s isn’t actually a “disease” at all. Instead, it’s the painful result of an unfortunate combination of factors.

In childhood, the skeleton is still growing and developing. During this time, the ends of bones—including the heel bone—feature an exposed area of growing tissue called a growth plate. The growth plate is naturally weaker and more sensitive than the rest of the bone, and repetitive stresses can lead to pain. Kids who are active, therefore, are more likely to develop the condition, especially if they’re going through an adolescent growth spurt. A tight Achilles tendon, or a heel that grows slightly faster than the leg muscles and tissues that attach to it, can increase the discomfort. Eventually, the skeleton reaches maturity and the growth plate is covered by harder bone tissue.

Kids, especially teenagers, can also develop heel pain conditions that are more common in adults, such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures

When they appear in children, these conditions are often diagnosed and treated similarly to the way they are with adults. One difference is that we’re a lot more hesitant to recommend surgery for kids who are still growing. Fortunately, this is rarely necessary as kids tend to heal more quickly and respond even better to conservative care for heel pain than adults do.

At Dallas Podiatry Works, you’ll find a team of experienced medical professionals who will put the health of your little one first and work hard to solve their heel pain. That way, they can quickly rebound from pain and injury and rejoin their friends on the playground or athletic field! To set up an appointment with Dr. Brook, Dr. Northcutt, Dr. Arroyo, Dr. Baca please call 972.566.7474.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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