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Causes of Heel Pain in Kids

Heel pain in children is usually not serious or lasting. If a child complains of such pain, has tenderness in the back of their foot or ankle, or is limping or walking on their toes, they may be suffering from one of several conditions. A few common causes of heel pain in children are Sever’s disease, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Sever’s disease can cause heel pain in children who participate in sports and are between 5 and 11 years of age. Experts believe it develops from the pull of the Achilles tendon on the still growing heel bone. Achilles tendinitis, where the Achilles tendon gets inflamed, might be the culprit of heel pain, particularly if the child has a sudden increase in repetitive activity. Plantar fasciitis is also an overuse injury that involves irritation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the arch from the heel to the toes. It is usually worse in the morning and improves as the day wears on. These kinds of injuries typically resolve with rest. However, it is important to see a podiatrist if your child complains of heel or foot pain in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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