With schools in the San Juan Unified School District back in session, kids in the community are bound to be quite physical active. Whether little ones are running around during recess or high school athletes are training for upcoming competition, there are many avenues for kids to be active and move around. Sometimes, however, physical activity can trigger cases of children’s heel pain.
Sever’s disease is a common source of heel pain in kids. This condition can be thought of as a “growing pain,” since it is associated with the physical development of various tissues in a child’s foot. The problem develops when the calcaneus (heel bone), particularly a growth plate found in the back of it, reaches physical maturity before the tissues connected to it (tendons and muscles). This often leads to pain and inflammation in the area, especially for children who tend to be more physically active.
If your child is experiencing heel pain, you want to know how you can help make it better. Fortunately, there are home care methods you can use, including:
Rest or Reduced Activity – Your son or daughter will benefit from taking time away from physical activities or sports, particularly those that are “high-impact,” to reduce the amount of pressure placed upon the heel bone.
Icing – In order to reduce swelling and pain in the area, you can wrap ice in a towel and have your child hold it under the affected heel for 15-20 minutes, a couple of times per day. It is important to make sure the ice is wrapped and not placed directly on the skin, so as to prevent damaging the tissue.
Stretches – Our office can provide specific exercises to help stretch and strengthen the tendons and leg muscles.
Medication – As always, consult with our experts for specific types and dosage recommendations first, but such pain relievers as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be quite helpful.
Home care for children’s heel pain, especially when caused by Sever’s disease, can be rather effective. If you find that these methods are not providing the relief your son or daughter needs, McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is here to help. Our Carmichael, CA office provides foot and ankle treatment for patients of all ages who are experiencing pain or difficulty. Call us today at (916) 961-3434 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.