Heel pain in children is often due to an injury to the growth plate, a condition called “Calcaneal Apophysitis” or otherwise known as “Sever’s Disease”. Overuse or repeated stress to the growth plate results in painful inflammation. This type of heel pain appears different for children than adults and does not go away easily. There are a few treatments offered at our clinic for this painful condition.
Come have our pediatric specialist, Dr. Stanford, DPM evaluate and treat your child’s heel pain today!
Understanding Foot Biomechanics
The foot goes through a predictable range of motion known as pronation and supination, typically without any conscious effort. This process was originally meant for soft surfaces, but over time, most surfaces we walk on have changed from soft to hard. So the ground is actually to blame for most of our foot problems! A custom orthotic can help accomodate these environmental changes. Come have our biomechanics specialist, Dr. Stanford, DPM evaluate, explain, and prescribe an orthotic for your feet today!
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What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?
A “vasospastic disorder” more common in women than men that may be responsible for toes (and sometimes fingers) that are hypersensitive to cold and heat and are slow to warm on their own. Read more about the symptoms and treatment here...
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Back-to-School Soccer Season: Prime time for foot and ankle injuries.
Parents and coaches should think twice before coaxing young, injury-prone soccer players to "play through" foot and ankle pain, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
"Skeletally immature kids, starting and stopping and moving side to side on cleats that are little more than moccasins with spikes—that’s a recipe for foot and ankle sprains and worse," cautions Christopher Hendrix, DPM, FACFAS, a Memphis, Tennessee foot and ankle surgeon.
"Kids will play with lingering, nagging heel pain that, upon testing, turns out to be a stress fracture that neither they, their parents nor their coaches were aware of," he said. "By playing with pain, they can’t give their team 100 percent and can make their injuries worse, which prolongs their time out of soccer."
Hendrix said he has actually needed to show parents x-rays of fractures before they will take their kids out of the game. "And stress fractures can be subtle—they don’t always show up on initial x-rays."
Stress Fractures, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Pain, Ankle Sprains, Broken Toes
Symptoms of stress fractures include pain during normal activity and when touching the area and swelling without bruising. Treatment usually involves rest and sometimes casting. Some stress fractures heal poorly and often require surgery, such as a break in the elongated bone near the little toe, known as a Jones fracture.
Constant running in socer can place excessive stress on the foot. Pain from overuse usually stems from inflammation, such as around the growth plate of the heel bone, more so than a stress fracture, according to Hendrix.
"Their growth plates are still open, and bones are still growing and maturing—until they’re about 13 to 16. Rest and, in some cases, immobilization of the foot should relieve that inflammation," he said.
Hendrix added that Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (heel pain caused by inflammation of the tissue extending from the heel to the toes) are other types of overuse injuries.
Quick, out-of-nowhere ankle sprains are also common in soccer.
"Ankle sprains should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon to assess the extent of the injury," said Hendrix. "If the ankle stays swollen for days and is painful to walk on or even stand on, it could be a fracture," Hendrix said.
Collisions between soccer players take their toll on toes.
"When two feet are coming at the ball simultaneously, that ball turns into a cement block and goes nowhere. The weakest point in that transaction is usually a foot, with broken toes the outcome," he explained. "The toes swell up so much the player can't get a shoe on, which is a good sign for young athletes and their parents. If they are having trouble just getting a shoe on, they shouldn't play."
Treat Injuries Immediately
If you think your child has suffered any sort of foot or ankle soccer injury, call Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanford, DPM. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and a member of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics.
Did you know that at least 10% of adults have onychomycosis, aka toenail fungus?
At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic we now offer the Lunula Laser by Erchonia for the treatment of Onychomycosis. The Lunula Laser is ideal treatment because it offers effective, pain-free, non-thermal treatment—without side effects of oral medications or dangerous smoke plumes as other hot lasers used to treat onychomycosis.
The Lunula Laser uses patented red and violet non-thermal low-level laser light to treat foot fungus by using photonic energy to modulate cellular reactions.
Each treatment requires very little time or set-up. No down time is needed after the treatment as patients can return to their regular activities between sessions.
Don't wait till summer to treat those toes! This toenail condition can take several months to treat as the average adult toenail takes 9 to 12 months to grow out. Click here to learn more about the Lunula Laser at our clinic.
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