Heel pain

My 12 year old son has a pain at the back of both heels during and after sports. He plays soccer and is 4ft 6 and 80lbs. His cleats seem to fit well and provide good support. After icing and a day’s rest the pain goes away. The pain seems to be helped by heel inserts but is still there. Are there any specific things – exercises or other treatments that you can suggest rather than rest.Many thanks,Ian.

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    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    Without examining him, I can not be certain. Often when I see a patient with these symptoms, it is calcaneal apophysitis or Seaver’s disease. This means inflammation of the growth plate in the back of the heel bone. After about age 14, this particulatr growth plate will fuse with the main body of the heel bone. I see more and more of this as parents have their children in excessive running activities year round. Many times I will use a Silipos heel cup. Sometimes an orthotic with a heel lift. If the Achilles tendon is very tight, then stretching is necessary. Anti-inflammatory medicaine is to be uses sparingly. I do not like to mask the problem. Unfortunately if he were my patient I would advise rest, not more activity to aggravate this. It is quite simple, when something is injured, it should be rested to allow it to heal properly. Look at animals when they are injured. Leave them alone to rest and they know when they feel better.


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