children suffering with heel pain
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have an active child, you are probably used to minor injuries like sprains, strains, and bruises happening once in a while. What you may be unprepared for, however, is chronic pain and inflammation.
If your child is experiencing chronic pain in his heels, you probably have many questions and concerns. Isn’t he too young to experience chronic pain? Is this an injury, or is there an illness or something broken? Will there be long-term damage?
Perhaps the most important question of all: what is causing this pain?
Dr. Silvester and Dr. Larsen can provide a comprehensive assessment, treatment plan, and follow-up care for your child in order to help them return to the activities that they love and enjoy, giving them a daily life without pain.
You do not need to “wait out” Sever’s Disease.
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If you notice that your child is experiencing heel pain frequently after activities or after waking up, you should take immediate steps to ensure that permanent damage does not occur.
Sometimes, simple things such as decreasing the child’s sports activities for a while can make a significant difference in pain.
Applying cold packs to the heels after activity can also help reduce painful inflammation in the area, as well.
Avoid hard shoes, rest, ice and ibuprofen can be helpful.
WHAT CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT works best for treating my child's sever's disease?
At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, we can develop a custom treatment plan for your child. Starting with a simple routine of stretches that focus on lengthening the calf muscles and Achilles tendons.
We can also explore more aggressive options like, orthotic shoe inserts, tendon or arch taping during activity, or regular physical therapy.
See below to learn more about the conservative ways you can help relieve your child’s heel pain.
Once you have it, getting a good arch support with some cushion is very helpful. This biomechanical control can lower the stresses going through the heel bone.
What is the difference between custom orthotics vs. arch supports?
Click here to hear from Dr. Silvester direct, explain the difference between custom orthotics vs. arch supports.
Selenium 200 Ug and Vitamin E 400 IU has been suggested as helpful (check out Oscon on the internet).
Some authors have recommended L Arginine in low doses (1 gram a day). In higher doses it can make kids grow faster. These seem to work by increasing blood supply to the area.
It also makes sense that taking enough calcium (1000 to 1500 mg a day for kids 4-18) and Vitamin D helps bone heal.
Several large-scale studies have found that vitamin D deficiency is widespread —one in 10 U.S. children are estimated to be deficient — and that 60 percent of children may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D.
If your child has heel pain your physician should probably check his or her Vitamin D level. In these days of inside activities, and sunscreen it is difficult make enough Vitamin D.
Sometimes casting and non-weight bearing are needed. This is rare but sometime necessary.
If the symptoms continue or are more severe, seeing a podiatrist can help you ensure that your child does not suffer permanent damage to his heel bones, tendons, or leg muscles.
While many children eventually outgrow Sever’s disease, alleviating the symptoms can help your child live pain-free while he grows.
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