Is your child complaining of pain after sport? Or do you notice them limping after the game?
Children are active, always on the go. Their feet are constantly growing and when you combine the growing foot and lots of activity, sometimes this can lead to pain. Many of the issues we see in our clinic are around the time children go through growth spurts, where the foot bones grow but the muscles and tendons don’t have a chance to catch up. These muscles and tendons become tight and can pull on the newly forming growth plate.
Severs: Ongoing heel pain in children can impact their enjoyment of being active
If your child commonly complains of sore heels at the end of sport or you notice them limping after a game, they may be suffering from Severs. Severs usually affects boys more than girls and presents when they are between the ages of 8 and 12 when their heel bone and lower legs go through a growth spurt.
Correct diagnosis is very important
Our podiatrists will go through a very thorough history of your child, including questions surrounding their milestones and younger years. This is usually a questionnaire that you will answer. We will then ask your child questions to find out more about the pain. We like to use pictures and diagrams and encourage them to be as descriptive as possible. Then we will do a brief assessment of their joints and walking, as there are often issues like flat feet, tight calf muscles that causes the problem. We can often diagnose severs through our assessments without the use of x-ray or ultrasounds.
Your child doesn’t need to stop playing sport, we can help.
It is important for children to be active. Some children will refuse to play sport because of the pain, but with treatment your child should be able to continue playing the sports they love. What treatment options are available?
- Heel raises
- Arch supports
- Stretches and strengthening exercises
- Activity modifications where needed
- Temporary crutches or CAM boots (in severe cases)
Other conditions commonly seen in children that we can develop effective treatment plans for:
- Curly toes
- Flat feet
- Knee pain
- Knock knees
- Toe walking