Heel Pain in Young Athletes-What can we do to treat and prevent?

Signs and Symptoms


- Heel pain with running, jumping, and other high impact activity

- Pain to one or both heels

- Pain with side to side squeeze of the heel

- Limping




- Tight achilles’ tendon, calf, hamstrings

- Growth Spurts

- Active Kids

- Inadequate stretching

- Poor shoe gear

- Sporting activity with running, jumping, and other high impact activity




- Rest and reduction of high impact activity as needed based on pain

- Icing of the heel after activity

- Stretching of the achilles’ tendon, calf, hamstrings

- Anti-inflammatory medication as needed for pain

- Heel lift

- Orthotics, arch supports, new shoes

- K-laser treatment

- Ankle brace or boot

- occasionaly  casting


If your child has heel pain due to calcaneal apophysitis (sever’s disease), contact the foot and ankle specialists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center for an appointment. Your foot and ankle specialist will evaluate your child’s heel pain, the specific cause of the heel pain, and set up a customized treatment plan in order to get your child back into playing the sports and activities they enjoy. Your specialist will evaluate and manage your child’s specific foot and ankle needs for prevention and optimization. 



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