Kids hurt themselves all the time, so it isn’t a surprise that your kids may have a few pains to complain about. However, as a parent you know that when a child complains of pain repeatedly, it’s time to take a look for a cause. This is true of heel pain as well. Here are some common causes for heel pain in kids, and methods of treatment.
What Are the Causes for Heel Pain?
The most common cause of heel pain in children is Sever’s Disease. Sever’s Disease is the inflammation of a growth plate in the heel. This growth plate is at the location where the Achilles tendon connects to the bottom of the foot. Sever’s Disease usually occurs in children who are experiencing a growth spurt, as well as children who are active in sports.
When Sever’s Disease occurs, the Achilles tendon is usually stretched too tight, and becomes inflamed, which places pressure on the growth plate of the heel. This can cause pain in children, especially after vigorous exercise. You can treat Sever’s Disease with ice or cold packs on the heel that is hurting, as well as anti-inflammatories. Also, you may want to think about getting a heel cup for your child’s athletic shoes, which gives the growth plate extra support. Researchers estimate that as much as 90% of heel pain is caused by Sever’s Disease.
There are a couple of other causes for heel pain in children. Your child may also have tendonitis in the Achilles tendon, which can cause pain in the same area as Sever’s Disease. Rarely, children also have inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, which is called plantar fasciitis. These two conditions also usually occur in children who play organized sports. Like Sever’s Disease, these conditions can be aided with cold packs, anti-inflammatories, or foot supports.