If you are the parent of growing children, then you surely know the importance of looking after their health to make sure that they mature into healthy, vibrant young adults. When they complain about pain in their feet, therefore, you might take these complaints seriously. Some children often experience some kind of heel pain, typically from overuse or an underlying condition or injury. Although there are many potential causes of heel pain in a child, one of the most common overuse injuries that might be causing pain is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition primarily affects the plantar fascia, the tissue that runs from the heel to the bottom of the toes. Children who suffer from plantar fasciitis will sometimes experience pain most prominently when walking at the beginning of the day. This condition can occur from excessive strain put on the feet through sports and other physical activities, or simply from wearing footwear that provides inadequate support and cushioning. Living with plantar fasciitis can be quite uncomfortable. If your child is involved in a sport, it might be very difficult for them to be able to painlessly continue to play if the condition is left untreated. If your child is complaining about heel pain, consider taking them to the podiatrist who can determine if they are suffering from plantar fasciitis or some other kind of condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.