Does your child complain of pain in their heels? They may be suffering from calcaneal apophysitis.
A common youth complaint can be pain in the back or bottom of the heel, and it usually affects 8 to 14 year olds. As opposed to plantar fasciitis, pediatric heel pain usually is not most painful in the mornings, and walking and running typically make the pain worse. The most common cause is calcaneal apophysitis which is inflammation of the heel’s growth plate – it can occur in one or both feet. The inflammation can be caused by muscle strain and repetitive stress from physical activity. It is important to see your podiatrist to make sure the pain is not caused by a fracture.
Treatment of pediatric heel pain depends on the diagnosis and severity of the pain. For mild cases, a reduction in activity, oral anti-inflammatory, or cushion in the heel will be all that is needed. Custom orthotics may be recommended to help properly support the foot as well. It is advised to choose well-constructed and supportive shoes, such as running shoes, to help prevent pediatric heel pain.
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