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Heel pain, while quite common, can be extremely painful if not met with proper care and treatment. Heel pain may occur if you overuse or injure the heel. If left uncared for, the affected area can worsen, limiting your mobility and making it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as walking.
There are many different causes of heel pain, including strains or sprains, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and heel bursitis.
One of the most common causes of heel pain for children and teenagers specifically is Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease can develop due to overuse or repetitive stress of the heel bone's growth plates. This condition is often seen among youths who participate in sports.
Other causes of heel pain may include issues with poor circulation, poor posture when walking or running, a soft tissue mass, and an Achilles tendon rupture. To help ease the discomfort of heel pain, we advise that you get plenty of rest, apply ice to the affected area, and wear shoes that fit properly. In some cases, custom orthotics or shoe inserts may be prescribed for extra support and pain relief.
If you, your child, or someone you know is suffering from heel pain, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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