Heel Pain in Children

Children’s Heel Pain

Even though heel pain is a common complaint, especially in children, that doesn’t mean it should be just be ignored. Heel pain is an indicator that a child has a problem that requires attention.

These are some different signs and symptoms of heel pain in children:

  • Pain or tenderness on the bottom or in the back of the heel
  • Walking on toes
  • Limping
  • Difficulty in doing normal activities and sports

The most common cause of heel pain in children is a disorder called calcaneal apophysitis, or inflammation of the growth-plate of the heel bone. This is usually caused by repetitive stress, especially in those who are active. It can occur in just one or both feet and is most common in children ages 8-14.

Treatment Options

  • Reduce Activity - It can be very helpful for the child to reduce or stop any activities that cause pain.
  • Cushion Your Heel - Shoes inserts to lessen the impact on the heel when walking, running, or even standing, can be useful in reducing heel pain.
  • Custom Orthotics - These orthotic inserts are specially made for each patient to help support an individual’s foot and heel properly.
  • Medications - Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy - Stretching on your own or physical therapy can help to heal the inflamed foot.

If your child continues to have recurring heel pain that does not resolve with simple treatments, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Runkle.