Heel pain is common among children. While the condition is typically not serious, proper diagnosis and prompt attention is important.
Children that limp, walk on their toes, experience tenderness in the back of the ankle or foot, or complain of heel pain might have calcaneal apophysitis or Sever’s disease or might be suffering from an injury like Achilles tendinitis.
Injuries to the heel and foot usually develop gradually and are often attributed to overuse and possibly inappropriate shoewear. This is especially true among children who are engaged in competitive sports and have rigorous training regimens. Fortunately, overuse injuries often respond to rest and noninvasive treatment measures.