Heel Pain in Children
One possible cause for heel pain in children is Sever’s Disease. This is also known as Calcaneal Apophysitis. This is a condition that typically affects children, ages 8-14 years old. It commonly affects kids that participate in physical activities, such as walking, running, or jumping. This occurs because the heel bone or calcaneus does not fully develop until around 14 years of age. The area can cause pain, when the muscles and tendons do not keep up with the bone growth. The child experiences pain in the back of the heel, so they tend to walk more on the toes. This can lead to problems in the future, if not addressed.
In order to properly diagnose this condition, a thorough history and physical examination is obtained. X-rays are also used to evaluate the condition.
For treatment, reducing activity level and initiation of anti-inflammatory medications are recommended. In more advanced cases, cast or boot immobilization can promote healing. Physical Therapy is often utilized for stretching and strengthening exercises.