It's that time of year when fall sports are in kicking into high gear. A common complaint a parent or guardian will hear is that their child has pain in the back of their heel. The harder or longer they run or jump, the pain escalates until they are limping and tip-toeing. Usually this symptom is seen in children 8-14 years old. The pain can be very debilitating and can prevent the child from enjoying the sport they are playing. It is important not to ignore the child's complaint if it persists longer than a week or two. The heel bone can be visualized with a x-ray and a diagnosis can be made quickly to determine the cause of the pain.
The above information is not intended to be a replacement for medical evaluation. If you have questions, please call the office.