When you think “heel pain,” you’re probably imagining a middle-aged adult after a hard day of work or a long run or hike. It’s supposed to be a condition for the old and older! So it can be concerning for a parent when their active teenager complains of heel pain, especially when it’s strong enough to keep them from performing their best (or playing at all) on the sports field.
That said, heel pain is quite common among tweens and teens, especially those playing a sport (or many of them!) and just hitting a growth spurt. In short, this is likely the result of Sever’s disease, a condition unique to growing kids due to the exposed position of the heel’s growth plate at this age.
So that’s the way, but what about the how? As a parent, how can you help your child get over their pain and get back in the game?
For starters, you need to make sure they take a break from athletics for a week or two to rest. This kind of heel pain usually doesn’t require aggressive treatment, but continuing to be active can lead to more serious chronic pain. You should also help them handle the pain with appropriate doses of over-the-counter medication, as well as ice for the heels.
Heel pain that doesn’t improve, gets worse, or keeps coming back should be evaluated by the team at Dallas Podiatry Works. Again, the odds are good that your child will not need surgery; however, they may need a little more help than you can provide at home. This may include the use of shoe inserts or custom orthotics, prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications, or physical therapy. More extreme cases might require a few weeks in a cast, walking boot, or leg brace while the injury heals.
Fortunately, with proper care your child should be back out and about, at full activity, in the not-too-distant future. If you need a little assistance getting your little one back on track, call the Dallas Podiatry Works today at 972.566.7474.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
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 foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*