Painful heels for Children

It can be concerning when children complain of ongoing pains and problems. One of the common complaints we hear as podiatrists is painful heels. This is most commonly related to a condition called Sever’s, which involves the growth plate in the heel bone.

When a child’s foot grows a small portion of the heel bone is involved. This portion of the bone is called the growth plate and is softer than the rest of the bone. The heel bone is subjected to a lot of force due to the attachment of the Achilles tendon, which is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. As the softest part of the bone, the growth plate is a relative weak spot. With repeated activity this leads to pain in the heel bone that comes on rapidly with activity.

Growth related heel pain is difficult to fully heal whilst a child is growing due to the nature of the injury. It can, however, be managed through a number of different means. Support from the shoes and orthotics can reduce the load on the Achilles tendon. This results in less force being applied to the heel bone. Similarly stretching of the calf muscles can lead to less force also. Lastly icing and pain medication play a role in reduction inflammation.

If you are struggling with ongoing heel pain a visit to the podiatrist can help to remedy the condition. Call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.