Memorial day weekend is here with parades, barbecues, and lawn games, and the last thing you want to hear your child say is “my heels hurt.” Now is a perfect time for your kids to get off the couch, run around and be a kid. With the increase of children’s activity, we also see an increase in children’s foot pain. What should you do when your child says “my heels hurt”?
Should I be Worried if My Child Says My Heels Hurt?
If your child keeps telling you that “my heels hurt”, they may have Calcaneal Apophysitis (also known as Sever’s Disease, but the don’t worry it isn’t a true disease.) This happens when the growth plate in the heel bone is irritated by physical activity. It is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schlam at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists to make sure it is Calcaneal Apophysitis and not other common childhood problems such as: Tendo-Achilles bursitis, overuse syndrome, or a fracture.
What to Look for When Your Child Says “My Heels Hurt”:
- Pain in one or both heels
- Usually seen in children between the ages of 8 – 14
- Pain at the back or bottom of the heel
- Pain becomes worse with physical activity
- Pain gets better with rest
- Walking on the toes
- Most of the time, the foot looks completely normal
Treatment for Calcaneal Apophysitis/Sever’s Disease:
The good news is that surgery is not needed, and once a child’s growth plate closes, this problem goes away for good. Choices for your child’s treatment may include:
- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the affected foot or feet
- Shoe inserts (Orthotics)
- A cast
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Slowing down on activities
- Oral medicine
Call 845-298-9074 to set up an appointment at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists if your child says their heels hurt. Dr. Schlam will generally take x-rays to rule out other problems such as broken bones or fractures. If your child is taking any medications (either over the counter or prescription,) bring a list of them with you.
By: David Schlam