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As adults, the symptoms of plantar fasciitis usually occur in the morning when we get out of bed, and subside as we move around and the tissue warms up. Pediatric heel pain, generally speaking, doesn't diminish as the child moves around - in fact it may get much worse.
Symptoms of heel pain in children:
Pediatric heel pain is very common due to the nature of a child's growing feet. Between the ages of 8 and 14, the bones in a child's foot grow faster than the tendons, and the heel bone (calcaneus) doesn't fully develop until roughly 14. Until then new bone continues to form in the area of the growth plate, a relatively weak area at the back of the child's heel. This uneven development means that the heel cord is relatively short compared to the leg bone, which causes the tendon to pull on the growth plate of the heel. When this pulling happens repeatedly, putting stress on the growth plate, heel pain results.
Because diagnosing heel pain in children can be a challenge, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon is the best qualified medical professional to diagnose the underlying reason for the pain and to develop a treatment plan to alleviate the problem. Early intervention is extremely effective in correcting problems that may result in lifelong pain and discomfort.
Pediatric heel pain may be caused by the following conditions:
If your child complains about or exhibits any signs of weakness or pain in their feet, ankles, or lower legs, or exhibits a continued lack of coordination, please call our office for a thorough diagnosis. One of our podiatrists will examine your child to evaluate their condition and recommend a course of treatment.
A treatment plan to alleviate your child's foot pain or heel pain may include :