Children who are suffering from heel pain may have a condition called calcaneal apophysitis in which there is irritation of the growth plate in the heel. The condition usually occurs in children between the ages of 10 to 15. This condition causes pain and tenderness at the lower back portion of the heel usually during athletic activities. The heel is often tender to the touch but not visibly swollen.
Causes of Apophysitis
Repetitive stress and muscular strain in the growth plate of the heel causes inflammation which irritates the heel. Excess activity often worsens the pain.
Treatment of Apophysitis
This condition is usually diagnosed with an x-ray. Foot orthotics with correct heel stabilization is effective for decreasing the heel pain.
Over the counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Tylenol, Motrin, or Aleve may be used to reduce inflammation and pain.