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By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Heel Pain and Kids

 
At Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, we want to emphasize the importance of not ignoring your child’s complaints about pain in their feet.  Your child should never play through the pain in their feet, as heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy.  We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet from pain in order to allow them to remain active.  As your Reston, Leesburg, and Manassas podiatrists, we are available to help diagnose your child’s ailments, while also providing the best treatments possible to keep your children active. 
 
Heel pain is a common child-hood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away.  Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease.  In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention from Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers. Heel pain in children can often be associated with these signs and symptoms: 
 
  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel
  • Limping
  • Walking on toes
  • Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports
 
Treatment from your child’s podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain.  For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts.  For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg might use medications, physical therapy and/or orthotic devices.  If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed. 
 
Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers if your child is experiencing heel pain.  
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
October 01, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the leading problems that cause patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.

Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.

Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Bottom of the heel pain
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Pain that worsens over a period of months

Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications, and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort.  Always seek care from our Reston office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.