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Common Causes of Heel Pain in Kids

Your child may be experiencing heel pain without having the words to describe their discomfort. Signs for a parent to notice are complaints of tight shoes or stiffness, limping, changes in activity level, or changes in the way your child walks. The common heel conditions your child may have include Sever’s disease, overuse injuries, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Sever’s disease is common in athletic children between the ages of eight and fourteen. It is the result of an imbalance in the rate of bone and ligament growth. Symptoms like limping, swelling, redness, difficulty walking, and intense pain may occur. Footwear that fits poorly is another cause of heel pain in children. Since kids grow so quickly, their shoes may become too tight in a short period of time. If your child begins to sit out instead of participating in sports or if the pain does not dissipate, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a chiropodist for a checkup and diagnosis.  

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts


It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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