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How to Tell When Your Child is Suffering from Heel Pain

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Children don’t always tell their parents everything. This could be something small or big—such as when children don’t tell you about foot discomfort they’re having. Sometimes they simply accept and suffer from treatable problems like heel pain. That’s why you as parents need to be on the watch for signs and symptoms of heel pain.


While many different conditions can cause heel pain, the most common culprit in children is an overuse injury called Sever’s disease. It’s a problem where stress on the back of the foot creates inflammation in the growth plate there. This makes running around and otherwise being active quite painful for your son or daughter.


However, children don’t always know how to explain what they’re feeling—or in some cases, don’t want to tell their parents about it. So even if your child is suffering from painful heels while playing, you may not hear about it. That’s why paying attention to signs of Sever’s disease is important. They may be your only clues that your son or daughter needs help for his or her lower limbs.


Here are some signs and symptoms to watch for:

  1. Limping – Because being active is painful, children will sometimes limp when the pain flares up.

  2. Avoiding use of their heels – Again, children may avoid walking on their heels because of pain, which can lead to awkward toe-walking.

  3. Sudden disinterest in their favorite activities – Since running and playing are painful, your child may suddenly refuse to participate in what’s otherwise their favorite activities.

If your child is displaying symptoms like these, it’s a good idea to have his or her lower limbs checked for a condition like Sever’s disease. While your child will eventually outgrow the condition, it’s better to have the problem treated so your son or daughter can go back to being active and playing sports.


If you’re suspicious your child may be suffering from heel pain, check for signs and let our experts at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC help you determine the root of the problem. Then we can help your child eliminate the pain and get back to doing what he or she loves. Just contact our Metairie, LA, office for more information or to schedule a consultation today. You can reach us through our website or by calling us directly at (504) 708-4810.

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