Children’s Heel Pain
Heel pain is a common foot complaint and is one of the most common conditions treated by our clinicians. It is often a message from the body that something is in need of medical attention. Pain that occurs right after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we have suffered.
Sever’s disease is the most common cause of heel pain in growing children. It occurs in children when the growth plate (which is the growing part of the heel) is injured. The foot is one of the first body parts to grow to full size. This usually occurs in early puberty. During this time, bones often grow faster than muscles and tendons.
What causes heel pain?
- Faulty Biomechanics (abnormality in the way we walk)
- Ill-fitting or poorly constructed footwear
- Standing/running/jumping on hard surfaces
- An injury such as bruising or stress
- Flat feet and overpronation
- Tight calf muscles
- High arches
- Plantar Fasciitis
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist and you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, you should consult with our clinical team.
What are the signs and symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of heel pain include:
- Pain when walking
A consultation with our foot health specialists will suggest the best solution for your child.