Heel Pain in Adolescent Children

Calcaneal Apophysitits is an osteochondorsis of the calcaneus. This means there is derangement of normal bone growth of the epiphyseal line causing pain and inflammation in the posterior heel (James, Williams & Haines, 2013). This excess growth on the heel bone causes pain and discomfort in children who are specifically active. Repetitive stress from activities such as jumping, running and any high impact activities may cause stress an inflammation.

The most common symptoms children feel are:

  • Pain and discomfort under the heel bone
  • In more severe cases swelling may be evident

Severs disease is the most common complaint of heel pain in adolescent children aged from around 7 and 15 years’ in boys and 7 and 13 years in girls (Wiegerinck et al., 2016). This is due to calcaneal growth centre or apophysis appears at approximately seven years old and fuses at around adolescence (James, Williams & Haines, 2010. Furthermore due to this sudden growth, this seems to causes the Achilles tendon to put strain on its insertion causing heel bone irritation (James, Williams & Haines, 2016). To help treat these issues it would be beneficial to see your Podiatrist to help assist to relieve these problems.