Posts for: August, 2015
Does your child have heel pain that won’t go away? There could be several different causes but one of the most common is Sever’s Disease.
Sever’s Disease, as frightening as it may sound, is actually a common heel pain that occurs in children’s feet. It typically mimics Achilles tendinitis, which is an inflamed tendon attached to the back of the heel. It can be the common cause of heel pain in kids who are particularly physically active, but can also be normal in growing children. Sever’s Disease usually occurs during adolescence when kids are going through growth spurts and growing most rapidly. It rarely occurs in teenagers because the back of the heel usually finishes growing by the age of 15 (according to kidshealth.org).
A tight Achilles tendon may contribute to Sever's Disease by pulling excessively on the growth plate of the heel bone. This condition is most common in younger children and is frequently seen in the active soccer, football or baseball player. Sport shoes with cleats are also known to aggravate the condition, so be mindful of this when you are buying them for your child.
There are several different treatments including things like calf muscle stretching exercises, heel cushions in the shoes, anti- inflammatory medications, or several other options. Be sure to consult your podiatrist to get the right diagnosis and treatment plan for your child if they are having heel pain!
It’s that time of year again! The final weeks of summer vacation are coming to an end. Now it is time for school supplies, new clothes, rearranging schedules, after-school sports, and preparing for the new school year ahead. As you make your back-to-school shopping list, be sure to include a pair of comfortable new shoes that your child can wear. According to APMA, there are many important factors to be aware of when buying a new pair of shoes for your child:
Children’s feet are growing! Children are constantly growing out of their clothes. This also includes growing out of shoe and sock sizes, which can change every few months. Be sure to keep up with the right size.
Shoes that don’t fit can cause problems! It is important to get your child’s feet measured whenever you buy a new pair of shoes and watch for shoe irritation.
NO hand-me-downs! Everyone’s feet are shaped differently, once the shoes have been stretched and worn to fit one child’s foot, they should not be worn by another child. Also, fungus can be spread by shoe sharing.
Examine the heels of the shoes. The heels may wear through quicker than they outgrow the shoes. Uneven heels can indicate foot problems that should be checked by a podiatrist.
Always buy shoes that fit the larger foot. There will always be one foot that is bigger than the other, so it is safer to buy for the bigger foot so as to avoid shoe irritation.
Buy shoes that don’t need to be “broken in”. Shoes should not need to be broken in, they should be comfortable to begin with. Make sure to have your child try the shoes on with whatever type of sock they will normally be wearing to ensure proper fit.