Kids generally experience heel pain which is a form of foot pain. Although, not serious, it still requires proper diagnosis and prompt treatment. If your child complains about heel pain and tenderness in the foot or ankle, which makes them limp uncontrollably, they might be experiencing some kind of foot injury.
Heel and foot injuries can develop gradually if they are not treated timely and are generally the result of overuse. Children involved in competitive sports that involves rigorous training stand the risk of getting affected with such kind of foot pain. Hence, ignoring symptoms can lead to severe injury and chronic pain.
Let us have a look at different causes of foot pain in kids
Also called as server’s disease, it is the most common cause of foot (heel) pain in athlete kids aged between 5 to 11. It is a type of overuse injury that is caused by repetitive trauma due to running activities and other sport activities. It is believed to occur due to the pull of the Achilles tendon on the developing heel bone. Some of the causes are running or jumping. Athletes who usually play basketball, soccer, and other track athletes suffer from Calcaneal apophysitis.
This condition occurs in children that suddenly increase their physical activity. The symptoms may include pain in the heel or the back of the foot. The inflammation can cause pain, swelling, warmth, and difficulty in walking. Children who do repetitive activities such as running, jumping, or pivoting like basketball players or dancers may develop Achilles tendonitis.
Common treatment includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Use an elastic wrap to help keep the swelling down and support the tendon at the same time.
Children playing high-impact sports can be at the risk of heel or foot fracture. Foot fractures can occur due to sudden or unnaturally high impact.
The symptoms of a fractured foot include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and inability to put weight on the affected foot.
Conservative treatment includes ice, rest, immobilization with use of a cast or splint, and pain medications. Children should avoid participation in activities or sports until the bone is completely healed.
If the pain is prolonged, always consult a physician regarding your child’s heel pain before taking any action. Although most heel pain can be cured with conservative measures like rest, ice, compression, and elevation.