One of the most common soccer injuries we at Advanced Podiatry have seen is the large number of young soccer players complaining of heel pain. This problem is often caused by a condition known as apophysitis of the calcaneus or Sever's disease. This condition consists of an inflammation of the growth area of the heel bone which has not completely matured, or closed together, and has developed into parts. It is most commonly seen in boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 15. The pain is usually present in the back of the heel and is more pronounced in running and jumping sports.
The treatment consists of x-ray evaluation to make a proper diagnosis and to rule out any bony fractures. A custom orthotic insert is often needed to correct the biomechanical imbalances which may be causing a jamming affect on the heel plate; additionally, the elimination of any cleated shoes with less than four cleats in the heel area.
In summary, watch for any warning signals; when a child complains of heel pain, there is usually a need for examination and the expert podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, Mineola, Williston Park & Maspeth, NYare here for you..
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