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Tips for Parents: Managing Kids’ Heel Pain with Podiatry Input

Tips for Parents: Managing Kids’ Heel Pain with Podiatry Input

Tips for Parents: Managing Kids’ Heel Pain with Podiatry Input 1200 800 Absolute Footcare

Does your child complain about pain in their feet and heels during or after sports and activities?

They are most likely experiencing Calcaneal Apophysitis, also known as Severs. Severs is a common concern for those active children between the ages of 8-16 years old, who participate in activities involving running and jumping. The pain is caused by pressure overload and inflammation of the growth plate in the heel.

Here are some expert tips of how to manage heel pain in children:

1

Ensure proper footwear

Make sure your child wears well fitted, supportive shoes with good arch support to reduce heel pain.

2

Apply ice

When your child is experiencing heel pain, apply ice to the affected area to provide relief and help with reducing inflammation.

3

Rest and elevate

During times of acute pain, resting and elevating the heels can be useful at alleviating pressure.

4

Stretching exercises

Incorporating gentle calf and foot stretches into your child’s daily routine will help prevent heel pain and improve flexibility. A helpful hint: stretch during the 2 minutes of teeth brushing both morning and night.

5

Monitor physical activity loads

Encouraging lower impact activities as a substitute to the normal running and jumping may be beneficial during times of acute pain.

6

Prescription foot orthotics

Most kids have feet that are very mobile and unsupported, meaning additional support in shoes is key to reducing pressure on the heels. Having the correct orthotics prescribed to fit both the foot and shoe will allow your child to experience the full benefit of treatment. This is also great at future prevention!

Conclusion

As we see this condition in clinic very often we are well aware of the benefits of early treatment and future prevention. So, take proactive steps now and help your child manage their heel pain.

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