Heel Pain in Children
When your child has pain, you may need to take action, as growing shouldn’t be a painful experience.
A healthy mix of bare feet and shoes are great when kids are growing. Footwear can often be the first place to start. Children can be affected by poor biomechanics just as adults can. Poor biomechanics in children can result in lower limb and foot problems.
For some diseases or injuries affecting children’s lower limbs, time and rest are the most important factors in the recovery process as the condition will self-resolve as the child grows. You may want to talk with a chiropodist to give you a better understanding.
Types of Heel Pain in Children
• Heel Pain (Severs disease) can occur between the ages of 10 and 14, It is more common in boys than girls.
• Knee Pain (Osgood-Schlatter’s disease) is a condition that is one of the most frequent causes of knee pain in children. The condition occurs most commonly in children between the ages of 10 and 15 but it can occur in younger children. It is more common in boys but girls are also susceptible to its effects.
• Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) usually seen in children under the age of 16, and is the most prevalent form of juvenile arthritis. JRA is an autoimmune disorder, which means the body mistakenly identifies some of its own cells and tissues as foreign.
Treatment may include:
• Foot and lower limb exam
• Custom-made foot orthotic or over-the-counter device
• Modification of footwear
• Recommendation for appropriate and proper-fitting footwear
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals in Ontario with a legislated scope of practice for orthotic provision. This ensures that anyone who receives orthotic management by a Chiropodist or Podiatrist can be assured that they are receiving thorough, competent and safe care.