Pain at the back of the heel in children aged 8-13 years is quite common. Symptoms will include heel pain- especially after activity, limping, toe walking and tightness of the calf muscles.
There are two growth areas of the heel bone (Calcaneus) with a small cartilage plate between the two. These two growth areas fuse together at approximately 16 years of age. Calcaneal Apophysitis or Sever’s disease is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone whilst these two portions have not fused. One or both heels can be affected.
Your Podiatrist will be able to help manage Sever's until your child grows out of it.
Treatment includes heel lifts in footwear to reduce strain on the achilles tendon and heel bone, stretching the tight muscles and appropriate footwear advice.