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Calcaneal Apophysitis: A Common Cause For Your Child’s Heel Pain

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Heel Pain in Glasgow, suffering from heel pain
Calcaneal Apophysitis: A Common Cause For Your Child’s Heel Pain

Calcaneal apophysitis is inflammation of the heel bones growth plate which can cause a lot of pain in youngsters, especially those who are active.

As the heel bone does not fully develop until around the age of 14, the growth plate is a weak spot at the back of the heel which when under a lot of repetitive stress can become inflamed.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain at the back of the heel

  • Pain when participating in sports and tip toe walking or limping

Treatment for calcaneal apophysitis includes:

  • Wearing insoles with padding around the heel

  • Silicone gel heel pads inserted into sports shoes

  • Wearing supportive footwear and avoiding wearing cleated shoes for too long

  • Reducing activity when pain is at its worst

  • Non Steriodal Anti Inflammatory (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen can be taken to help manage pain

  • Gentle calf stretching can also promote healing

Calcaneal apophysitis can return throughout growth as the heel bone continues to grow, it is beneficial to know the ways in which it can be managed to help ease symptoms for your child.

Mac Orthotics is a specialised orthotic service based in Glasgow and offers clinical care and home consultations to address all your orthotic needs. We specialise in all levels of orthotic care. Orthotics assist in mobility, reduce pain and can correct prevent deformity when worn. Find out more about the orthotic services we offer.


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