Heel Pain in Young Athletes

It’s that time of year again, kids are putting down the fortnite and getting back on the field and in gym class.  We see a lot of kids and teens during this time with new onset of heel pain. It can be one or both of the heels that are involved.  The patient will usually say that the pain is worse while playing sports or during gym class. Daily activity isn’t so bad but it can hurt if they go on extended walks like at the mall.  There is usually no injury that they can remember. In almost all cases, this is called Sever’s disease or Calcaneal Apophysitis. Most do not call it Sever’s anymore because it is not a true disease.  It is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone due to an imbalance of the muscles and ligaments in the leg and foot. This is a very common problem that we see and treatment is usually very simple but it must be addressed.  Do not wait and, “see if it gets better”, because it will usually not and it will linger. This is especially troublesome for athletes because it can persist all season long and severely limit their potential on the field or court. At Advanced Foot and Ankle we have experience treating this and many other foot/ankle condition.  Please call us at 972-542-2155 to be evaluated so you child can take a step in the right direction.

Have a Wonderful Day,

Dr. Witt