Children and parents are beginning to adjust to the routine of being back in school. This means time running on the playground, after school sports practices, and breaking in new school shoes. Now that school is well underway it’s a good time to inspect your children’s feet and shoes for any signs of foot problems or aggravations. One common problem your child may be experiencing is heel pain.
If your child is complaining about foot pain, but can’t exactly pinpoint the location for you, heel pain is usually felt in the center of the heel when weight it placed on the foot. It sometimes feels worse in the morning when the feet first touch the floor. So, when you go in to be your child’s alarm because they slept through the real one, make a mental note of whether or not he is experiencing any pain when he gets out of bed. If so, then check out the tips below to help ease the pain.
Posted by: Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic
Tips to Ease Children’s Heel Pain
One of the main causes of sore heels in children is a condition called Sever’s disease. This involves a tight Achilles tendon pulling at the growth plate of the heel. It can cause inflammation, swelling, and pain at the back of the heel where the tendon is attached. Below are two stretching exercises that may help relax the tendon and reduce the irritation. Remember: don’t do stretches while your child’s foot is painful; wait until it is better, and never stretch until it hurts.
- Have your child lie on his or her back with legs straight out. Gently lift each foot up toward the shin bone until it is at a 90 degree angle. Hold 8 seconds, relax, and repeat five times. Do this several times throughout the day. There should be NO pain; if there is—stop.
- Your child stands facing a wall, with one foot a step behind the other, heel flat on the ground. Leaning in toward the wall at the hip will stretch the gastrocnemius muscle. Hold 10 seconds, repeat three times. Doing the same thing with the back leg slightly bent will stretch the soleus muscle. Repeat with each leg three times a day as long as it does not hurt.
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After trying these tips for a couple of weeks, if your child’s heel pain is not getting any better, contact Adler Footcare for a free evaluation. A New York podiatrist can recommend the proper treatment options, like the HyProCure® treatment detailed in the free download below, which has shown to be extremely successful in children. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.