Is your child limping? Is he walking on his toes, when he wasn’t before? Is he complaining of pain or swelling in his heel? If so, don’t write it off as just another growing pain. Your child may have a condition called calcaneal apophysitis. And the longer this pain continues, the more difficult it is for us to treat.
The first step to understanding whether or not your child is suffering from calcaneal apophysitis is to schedule an initial consultation. We will examine your child and determine the cause of his pain. If we do determine that calcaneal apophysitis is the cause, we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan for him. The types of treatments for this condition may include heel cups, stretching, anti-inflammatories, ice, physical therapy, or—in the most severe cases or in cases in which the child is very active—we may have to cast the lower leg. However, mild conservative treatments are usually all that is necessary to treat this condition.
As long as your child is growing, there will be the possibility of recurrence; therefore, it is very important to talk about prevention. The Grapevine foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas will talk with you about the proper choice in shoes, a proper insert, or a functional orthotic. Schedule your initial consultation today so that your child can continue to stay active and do the things he loves. Click here for more information.