Kids like having fun, and that fun often involves boisterous physical activity, including sports. But as any parent knows, active kids get their fair share of scrapes, cuts, and bruises from all of that running, jumping, kicking, and playing. Sometimes, however, the injuries that children suffer can’t be fixed with a Band-Aid or won’t simply get better on their own. This can include heel pain.

It isn’t unusual for children to develop heel pain, especially if they play sports and engage in a lot of strenuous activity. Ironically, a lack of exercise and the obesity that can result also increases the chances for heel pain.

While youths have a great capacity for healing and recovery, parents should not ignore or brush aside their child’s consistent complaints about heel pain. If at-home approaches like the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) strategy fails to relieve the pain or resolve the issue, it could be the sign of a more serious problem requiring professional attention.

Failing to address a child’s complaints of heel pain early on could allow the condition to worsen, making treatment more complicated and extend the time it takes to recover. That is why parents need to be prepared to recognize warning signs of heel pain and take steps that can prevent or minimize heel pain.

If you notice any of the following with your child, especially after a game or practice session, he or she may have a heel problem:

  • Limping
  • Complaining
  • Walking on their toes
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Proper footwear is a critical part of any effort to combat or avoid heel pain, but it can be hard to tell sometimes when to switch a child’s shoes or modify them for the best fit. Parents should keep these guidelines in mind when evaluating their child’s shoes:

  • Use inserts to raise the heel, especially in flat-footed cleats.
  • Get rid of any shoes that caused the child pain and do not try to use them for another sport.
  • Wear well-constructed and support shoes designed specifically for the child’s designated sport.
  • Cleats are typically lacking in adequate support so switch them often.

Concerned About Your Child’s Foot or Ankle Injury? Schedule Your Appointment With Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic Today

Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic and Surgery Center provides exceptional care for patients of all ages suffering from foot and ankle problems, including heel pain. Our skilled and committed team of physicians and staff offer the most advanced corrective surgical procedures and specialize in the Isham minimally invasive techniques recognized by orthopedic and podiatric surgeons around the globe.

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