Kids' Heel Pain
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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Is Sever's Disease Causing my Child's Heel Pain?
Where the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia attach to the heel bone is a growth center that is vulnerable during a child’s growing years. Until it fuses to the heel bone, repeated strain or excessive tension on this area could lead to significant heel pain and discomfort.
If your child is around the age of 8-15, is involved in sports that require a lot of running and jumping (such as gymnastics, basketball, baseball, football or track), and has pain at the back of the heel bone, it is possible Sever’s disease is to blame. Having a pronated foot, high arches, flat feet, and obesity are other contributing factors for this condition. If your child experiences redness, swelling, difficulty walking, heel pain in the morning, and pain if you squeeze the heel on both sides, contact Dr. Gene Reister for a complete evaluation to determine if the injury is due to Sever’s disease.
You can reach Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX by calling (972) 690-5374. Make your child’s foot health a priority and call as soon as symptoms appear.
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Is Sever's Disease Preventable in Children?
There are a few specific foot conditions for which children in particular are at risk. Sever’s disease is a painful disorder that occurs in the growth plate of the heel where the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia attach to the bone. It is a common reason for heel pain in children around the ages of 9-13 whose growth plate has not yet matured and fused to the heel bone.
While this is a condition that can occur in any child, there are aggravating factors of which to be aware. By eliminating these, you are more likely to prevent the problem from developing. Once such factor is repeated stress from high impact activities. So if your child is in track, basketball, gymnastics, or soccer, ensure they have proper footwear and do not allow them to overdo it. Plenty of rest amidst a sports season is important too. Obesity contributes to stress on the heel so addressing any health concerns will reduce your risk for this disorder. Finally, in addition to protecting their feet with proper footwear and monitoring activity level, consider orthotics to correct high arches or flat feet which can play a part in Sever’s disease as well.
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For more information contact Dr. Gene Reister. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Visit our Richardson, TX office or call (972) 690-5374 for an appointment today.