Heel Pain 101

Treatment Options for Pediatric Heel Pain

Matthew Neuhaus - Friday, March 08, 2013

Heel pain in children is common, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Foot pain is never normal and should always be evaluated by a doctor and treated appropriately.

Here are a few common treatments for pediatric heel pain:

  • Reduced activity. It is important that the child stops or at least limits the activity that is causing pain.
  • Cushioning. Putting a cushion in the child’s shoe, such as a shoe insert, can help reduce pain by softening the impact on the heel. 
For mild heel pain, reduced activity and cushioning may be all that is needed. For moderate heel pain, one or more of the following treatments may be used in addition:

  • Custom orthotic devices. Your podiatrist may make custom orthotics for your child to help support the foot.
  • Physical therapy. Stretching and physical therapy can be very helpful in treating heel pain both in adults and children.
  • Medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended by your physician to help reduce pain and swelling.

For severe heel pain, further treatments, such as immobilization or even surgery may be needed.

For more information, you can watch the video Is Foot Pain in Children Normal?
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