Q When should my child with heel pain see a foot and ankle specialist?
When your child complains of heel pain and you bring him or her to a general pediatrician, it may be dismissed as "growing pains" and not taken seriously. However if your child is experiencing heel pain for more than a few days, it may be Sever's disease, or an inflammation of the growth plate, or something more serious such as a fracture. If your child is complaining of pain in the heel, limping, avoiding activity and avoiding shoes, it is time to bring them to a foot and ankle specialists such as our doctors here at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic. Whether it is due to an injury or repetitive overuse, the pain and discomfort your child feels is very real and can often be diagnosed after a thorough exam and digital x rays performed on site. A foot and ankle specialist can also help evaluate shoes and come up with a program to prevent recurrence. So bring your child into a foot and ankle specialist sooner than later, and he or she will thank you.