One of the worries that many of us have concerns when we observe our toddler walking on the ball of the foot, or on tip toe, most of the time.
Heel pain is a common complain among child athletes. This is often traced back to a foot condition also known as Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that is caused by inflammation of tissues surrounding the heel growth plate. Pain in turn is caused by irritated nerves due to increased pressure in the area.
Sever’s disease is common among children because the heels have yet to fully develop. This happens when the heels are constantly exposed to repeated abuse from activities such as running or jumping. Because the heels are still relatively “soft,” it is unable to support the stress generated by sports and other related activities. Consult a podiatrist if you r child experiences chronic heel pain. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children suffering from Sever’s disease.
What is Sever’s Disease?
Sever’s disease is a heel-related foot condition common among child athletes. This results from early exposure to sports activities that demand high impact foot movements. Because the heels or heel growth plate in particular is relatively underdeveloped, it is unable to withstand the stress demanded by such activities.
It is still unclear how Sever’s disease develops but it is likely to be caused by the underdeveloped heels constant exposure to stress. It can further be aggravated by not wearing footwear without ample foot and heel support. Children who are overweight can also suffer from Sever’s disease. Because the heels are unable to support the additional weight, activities such as walking or standing could trigger the development of Sever’s disease.
Possible Causes of Heel Pain in Children
Heel pain is not only caused by Sever’s disease. This can also be caused by foot and joint injuries. Consult a podiatrist for accurate diagnosis. It ensures that you are getting the right treatment that addresses the cause of heel pain. Other causes of heel pain include activities that expose the heels to repeated trauma, bone fractures and tendo-Achilles bursitis.
What you should do
Children who experience heel pain should immediately rest their feet and stop any foot-related activity. Wear footwear that provide foot and heel support especially when performing sports activities. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and pain medications can help ease inflammation and pain.
Sever’s diseases usually goes away as the heels mature. Consult a podiatrist to learn more about Sever’s disease and possible treatment options.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.
Our feet are responsible for supporting and balancing our body weight during walking, running and almost all other activities. This is why keeping our feet healthy is important at any age. Our body undergoes many changes during our childhood years. This is the stage where our feet mature in preparation of our adult years.
The feet is one area of our body that is often overlooked. This is because it is often out of sight inside our socks or shoes. As adults, we are able to identify problems with our feet but this may not be the same in children. If you suspect that your child has a foot condition, consult with a podiatrist. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children with foot conditions.
How to keep our Children’s Feet Healthy
Teaching our kids about the importance of healthy feet is important. Educating them about proper foot care saves them from the trouble of foot conditions in their adult life. Taking care of our feet is easy and could be done by practicing simple health practices.
- Wear the recommended type of shoe for your sport
- Report any pain, swelling or anything unusual immediately
- Wash your feet regularly
- Use antibacterial or antifungal powder to prevent infection
- Alternate your shoes and change your socks
Preventing Smelly Feet in children
Foul-smelling feet is not only found in adults but in children as well. This can be an indication of a bacterial or fungal infection or caused by an underlying medical condition. So this should not be ignored and treated immediately.
Good news is that smelly feet can easily be treated. Antifungal and antibacterial powder can be used to stop it in its track. Changing socks and alternating the shoes deprives fungi and bacteria from finding a home in your feet.
Pain and swelling are early signs of foot injury. Teaching your children to identify the early signs of a foot injury can save them from a lot of trouble in the future
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot conditions. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.