Heel Pain for Children
What is Heel Pain in Children?
Heel pain in children is not uncommon and can often be attributed to Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis), which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. While it can be alarming for parents to see their child limping or avoiding activities, it’s important to understand this condition and how it can be effectively managed.
The Importance of Treating Heel Pain in Children
Children are naturally active, and pain in the heel can significantly reduce their quality of life and enjoyment of everyday activities. Moreover, untreated heel pain can lead to an altered gait or posture, which in turn can cause issues in the knees, hips, and back. Early treatment helps to reduce pain, promote healing, and prevent compensatory habits that could lead to further injury.
Symptoms of Heel Pain in Children
Look out for the following signs that may indicate your child is experiencing heel pain:
– Limping or walking on tiptoes
– Pain in the bottom or back of the heel
– Pain that increases with running or jumping
– Swelling or redness in the heel area
– Reluctance to participate in activities they usually enjoy
Our Approach to Treating Heel Pain in Children
At Happy Feet Podiatry, we begin with a thorough Biomechanical assessment to diagnose the cause of your child’s heel pain and develop an individualised treatment plan. Our treatment options include:
- Rest and Activity Modification
We may recommend a period of rest or a change in your child’s activities to allow the inflammation to subside.
- Supportive Footwear
Proper footwear is essential in managing heel pain. We provide advice on the best types of shoes for your child’s feet and activities. We can write a prescription at your appointment on what shoes we recommend for your child.
- Orthotic Therapy
Custom orthotics may be prescribed to provide cushioning and support, redistribute pressure, and correct any biomechanical issues contributing to your child’s pain.
- Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Specific exercises can help stretch the muscles around the heel and improve strength, reducing the strain on the growth plate.
- Education and Home Care Strategies
We educate both parents and children on strategies to manage heel pain at home, including icing protocols and safe exercises.
Why Choose Happy Feet Podiatry?
Our team of experienced podiatrists specialises in pediatric foot care. We understand the unique considerations when treating children and strive to create a friendly, comforting environment for our young patients. We use age-appropriate communication to ensure that our little patients feel at ease. We are here to keep your child active and pain free.