Heel Pain and Kids
Gary Evans, DPM, James Korponay, DPM, and Caren Schumer, DPM, your podiatrists in New York and Whitestone, want to emphasize the importance of not ignoring your child’s complaints about pain in their feet. Your child should never play through the pain in their feet, as heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy. We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet from pain in order to allow them to remain active. As your New York and Whitestone podiatrists, we are available to help diagnose your child’s ailments, while also providing the best treatments possible to keep your children active.
Heel pain is a common child-hood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away. Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention from their podiatrist in New York and Whitestone, Gary Evans, DPM, James Korponay, DPM, and Caren Schumer, DPM. Heel pain in children can often be associated with these signs and symptoms:
- Pain in the back or bottom of the heel
- Walking on toes
- Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports
Treatment from your child’s New York podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain. For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts. For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist in New York or Whitestone might use medications, physical therapy and/or orthotic devices. If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed.
Schedule an appointment with your New York podiatrists, Gary Evans, DPM, James Korponay, DPM, and Caren Schumer, DPM, if your child is experiencing heel pain.