Heel pain in kids around the ages of 8-14 years old is frequently an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s disease) occurs due to overuse or repetitive stress. At times, a tight Achilles tendon, high arch feet or flat feet can increase the likelihood of experiencing this or make it harder to resolve with basic care such as ice and rest. Xrays are frequently taken to evaluate the condition. Pain can become quite severe if it goes untreated.
Injuries of the foot and ankle do not routinely present in the same way as adults. Depending on the age of the child, they may have difficulty explaining what they are experiencing. After an injury, kids may not have the same level of bruising or swelling as an adult for a comparable injury. If your child is limping or does not want to put weight on the foot, call to get them checked out with Dr. Nelson!
Flatfeet in younger kids can be normal to certain ages and depending on the severity of the flatfoot. There is a flexible flatfoot that can continue to improve until about age 8 or so. If your child is asymptomatic, then treatment may not be needed. Shoes should be supportive, and inserts may be beneficial as well. If the flatfoot is causing pain, then you will want to bring your child in to a foot and ankle specialists to see what the source of the pain is. There are some types of flat feet that may need early diagnosis and treatment.