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Because their feet and bones and still developing and maturing, children experience different kinds of foot and ankle problems than their parents and grandparents, and often require different treatment solutions. Some of the most common children’s foot conditions are explained below.
Heel pain is very common in children between the ages of 7-15, especially during a growth spurt. Because children’s bodies mature at different rates, there is a wide age range where heel pain can occur.
The most common heel pain etiology in kids is a condition called Sever’s disease. Heightened activity can cause inflammation of the growth plate on the heel bone, which is relatively exposed while children are still growing. Sever’s disease needs to be addressed early to reduce recovery time and prevent longer-term damage to the growth plate. Treatment can be frustrating for both parents (and physicians!) if the child is in a period of rapid growth or significant sports participation, but it is necessary.
Other causes of heel pain in children include fractures, tumors, tendinitis, and coalitions of bone.
For more information on Sever’s Disease, visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons site.