|Don't Ignore Your Kids' Heel Pain |
With school sports seasons in full swing, it's important to remember athletes should never "play through the pain" in their feet. Left untreated, heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking that may require complicated therapy or treatment.
Our office sees an increase in pediatric patients reporting heel pain with sports such as football, soccer and basketball. Obesity is also emerging as another prominent cause of heel pain even with students in physical education class activities. The good news is that kids generally heal very quickly and treatment may be simple if it is taken care of promptly.
Kids undergoing growth spurts are especially susceptible to heel pain starting at age 8 until around age 13 for girls and 15 for boys. The source of the pain is usually the growth plate ofthe heel bone, a strip of soft tissue where new bone is forming to accommodate adolescents' lengthening feet. Overuse, repeated pounding or excessive force on the Achilles tendon can cause inflammation and pain.
For many teenagers, the growth plate has completely closed, and heel pain is caused by other conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis, bone bruises or fractures.The only way to know for sure what your child is suffering from is to have them examined. People have a tendency to give it time and see if the pain goes away on its own, and sometimes that can happen. But if symptoms persist, it's best to make an appointment with our office to make an accurate diagnosis and to avoid complications.
This patient information newsletter is courtesy of FootHealthFacts.org