Sometimes heel pain seems to come ‘out of the blue’, however there usually is a cause. The most common causes are:
1-Running, especially sprinting
2-Cleats- lacrosse, soccer, baseball, football any cleat can increase the risk because they put undue pressure on the heel growth plate
3-Poor support or cushioning in shoes- again cleats fall into this category
4-Hard Ground- The cleats aren’t able to dig into the ground as designed and thus put retrograde prssure onto the heel growth plate
5-Structural issues- tight heel cord or flatfeet predispose kid’s to heel pain
6-Weight- If a child is overweight they are more likely to have heel pain simply because they put more stress with every step.