Usually heel pain in children is caused by calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease. This is inflammation of the growth plate in the calcaneus, or the heel bone. Though it sounds frightening, this is a fairly common problem in growing, active kids. The feet tend to lengthen more quickly than the other parts of the body, which can tighten and strain the Achilles tendon. Repeated hard impacts on the feet, especially from sports, stresses the tendon even more, so it pulls on the back of the heel bone. The constant pressure irritates the growth plate and causes the pain your child is feeling.
Fortunately this can be treated. Your child doesn’t have to suffer with uncomfortable heels. Don’t wait and let your son or daughter limp around—contact Parker Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information about treatment. You can reach us by calling (281) 497-2850 or using our website contact form.