Heel Pain in Growing Children: Is It Normal?

Sever’s Disease is the most common form of heel pain in children. It is a temporary condition that affects growing children. The heel pain occurs when the Achilles tendon repetitively pulls on the back of the heel bone irritating the growth plate.

Growth plates are found at the ends of our bones and allow the bones to become longer. These plates are not as strong as the surrounding solid bone and can become irritated when the bone is placed under repetitive stress like when playing sports or exercising. 

Sever’s disease affects the growth plate in the heel bone. The bone often grows first and the surrounding muscles and tissues remain tight. The Achilles tendon is the main tendon that attaches to the heel bone. When the Achilles is tight it pulls the heel repetitively irritating the growth plate.

Once we reach full maturity these growth plates become solid bone. Until then they can become painful and limit participation in sports and exercise.

Podiatrists can help to alleviate the heel pain in a number of ways. They can correct the foot’s position, help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in and around the foot and ankle, and make changes to the footwear in order to let your children run around unhindered and pain free.

If your child is having problems with sore heels and growing pain call the clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists.

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