Heel pain is not just a concern for adults

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Heel pain is not just a concern for adults. Children get it, too. And when it happens, it means that there is an underlying condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated. We are dedicated to helping your child to be pain-free with our Family Foot Care at Nagler Foot Center.

It may seem as if heel pain is heel pain, no matter what your age. But the truth is that pediatric heel pain is different. While adults typically experience it due to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or both; your child suffers heal pain in many cases because of the fact that her or his feet are still growing, and the heel bone does not become fully developed until at least the age of 14. New bone is continuing to grow leading up that time, and the growth plate is subject to the effects of stress put on it. There is another major distinction to be made between heel pain in adults and children. With you, the likelihood is that your pain will be at its worst when waking up or having been in a stationary position for a long time. As you walk around, your heel improves somewhat. This is not the case with your child. He or she will find that the pain usually worsens by walking around.

There are certain conditions that are associated with pediatric heel pain. These include calcaneal apophystis, which is inflammation in the growth plate as the result of muscle strain and repetitive stress; tendo-achilles bursitis, referring to inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the achilles tendon and the heel bone; overuse syndromes; and fractures.

Among the treatments that Dr. Sherman Nagler can offer are medication, orthotics, physical therapy, and surgery.

Please call Nagler Foot Center with any foot ailments you may have. “Houston’s Foot Doc” Sherman Nagler

713.529.1010 or visit our website at www.foothouston.com