In another month childrens sports will be gearing up for another big year. Soccer is in full force. Kids 10-13 especially, since they are growing the most rapidly are prone to heel pain from over use at a higher rate than others..
Heel pain is common among all ages, including kids.
Common causes of heel pain in kids include:
Plantar fasciitis – An overuse syndrome, aggravated by running and other activities, affecting the tendon-like connective tissue along the bottom of the foot where it inserts into the heel.
Severe’s disease – The most common cause of heel pain in children. It’s not a true disease, but rather calcaneal apophysitis or inflammation of the growth plate in children before they reach skeletal maturity. Pain is located more toward the back of the heel, but inside the bone.
Calcaneus fracture – Not very common unless the kids run marathons or are in car accidents. Can be caused by jumping off a wall, steps or ladder. Must be treated.
Achilles tendinitis – Back of the heel pain caused by excessive activity.
Luckily there is help for all of these conditions and can be treated often with a single office visit.