There are many causes of foot pain in children. Fortunately, most children’s foot problems are easily treated if a diagnosis is made early.
The most frequent cause of heel pain in children is Sever’s Disease.
Sever’s disease also known as Calcaneal aphophysiitis. It is a growing pain problem where the bones grow faster than the muscles and tendons where they attach to the heel bone.
If a child is active in their sporting activities there can be a repetitious strain on the achilles tendon where it attaches to the heel bone, causing inflammation of the tendon and the growth plate of the bone.
Children tend to complain of pain at the back of the heel during exercise, after exercise and may find walking painful after periods of rest.
Sever’s disease is most often seen in children between the ages of 8 to 15 years of age.
Sever’s disease is commonly given as the diagnosis of all children’s heel pain. However in the majority of cases, the heel pain is caused by a combination of flat feet and poor alignment of the muscles and tendons where they attach to the heel bone(biomechanics) and a growth spurt of the bones and soft tissues.
Our Podiatrists are highly trained and experienced to diagnose the cause of your child’s pain.
Most children respond to treatment quickly and successfully with the right diagnosis and treatment.
For more detailed information about Sever’s Disease or other causes of heel pain in children, go to the web page and click “Children’s Foot Problems”.
Contact our clinic on 03 9853 6877 to make an appointment to see one of our experienced Podiatrists.