How to manage recurring pain in my child’s heel?

Sever’s Disease is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children, especially those who are involved in sports or have an active lifestyle. It is a condition that occurs when the growth plate in the heel bone is irritated due to repeated stress or impact. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 years are more likely to develop this condition.

The symptoms of heel pain in children may vary depending but some of the common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the heel
  • Swelling or redness in the affected area
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Stiffness in the heel or foot
  • Limping or walking on tiptoes
  • Pain that worsens with activity or exercise

The treatment options for heel pain in children will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Some common treatment options include:

  1. Rest and Ice: resting the affected foot and applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling and pain.
  1. Supportive Shoes: wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning can help alleviate heel pain and prevent it from recurring.
  1. Stretching Exercises: performing calf stretching exercises can help alleviate pain associated with Sever’s disease.
  1. Physical Therapy: physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles and tendons in the affected area and reduce pain.
  1. Medications: over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen may be prescribed to help reduce pain and inflammation.

Heel pain in children can be a very concerning issue, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, it can be easily managed. It is important for parents to pay attention to their child’s symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary. With proper care, most cases of heel pain in children can be resolved without any long-term complications.

If you are concerned with your child’s heel pain call our clinic at (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.