Treating Heel Pain in Kids

By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
January 05, 2015
Category: Heel Pain

Treatment of Heel Pain in Kids

Treatment options for kids vary depending on the severity of pain

Treatment for mild pain includes:

-Reducing or stopping activity that causes pain.

-Adding a cushioned shoe insert to soften the impact during activity and wearing a stiff soled shoe. 

-Wearing a shoe at all times

Treatment for moderate pain includes:

-Anti-inflammatory medication if it is safe to use for the individual.

-Physical therapy

-Orthotic devices.

Treatment for severe pain includes:

-Immobilizing the foot. Using a cast and crutches helps to avoid putting any weight on the foot.

-After immobilizing the foot follow up care may be used such as, custom orthotics, strapping, or physical therapy.

There are steps that can be taken to prevent heel pain and these include

-Weight reduction

-Choosing supportive shoes

-Limiting time wearing shoes with cleats.

Heel pain sometimes returns in children, because they are still growing.  If pain worsens, doesn’t reduce, or returns it is best to seek treatment from a podiatrist like Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.  The patient may needs a new treatment plan or they may need to return to the treatment previously discussed.  If your child has recurring heel pain Contact Us at 701-255-3338 today to make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.

 

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