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Causes of Heel Pain in Kids

Heel pain in children is usually not serious or lasting. If a child complains of such pain, has tenderness in the back of their foot or ankle, or is limping or walking on their toes, they may be suffering from one of several conditions. A few common causes of heel pain in children are Sever’s disease, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Sever’s disease can cause heel pain in children who participate in sports and are between 5 and 11 years of age. Experts believe it develops from the pull of the Achilles tendon on the still growing heel bone. Achilles tendinitis, where the Achilles tendon gets inflamed, might be the culprit of heel pain, particularly if the child has a sudden increase in repetitive activity. Plantar fasciitis is also an overuse injury that involves irritation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the arch from the heel to the toes. It is usually worse in the morning and improves as the day wears on. These kinds of injuries typically resolve with rest. However, it is important to see a podiatrist if your child complains of heel or foot pain in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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