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A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles


The following options to treat calcaneal apophysitis will be selected: 
  • Reduce activity. The child needs to reduce or stop any activity that causes pain. 
  • Support the heel. Temporary shoe inserts or custom orthotic devices may provide support for the heel. 
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce the pain and inflammation.

Stretching or physical therapy modalities are sometimes used to promote healing of the inflamed issue.

In some severe cases of pediatric heel pain, a cast may be used to promote healing while keeping the foot and ankle totally immobile.

Often heel pain in children returns after it has been treated because the heel bone is still growing. Recurrence of heel pain may be a sign of calcaneal apophysitis, or it may indicate a different problem.

If your child has a repeat bout of heel pain, be sure to make an appointment with your Podiatrist

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What is Calcaneal apophysitis?
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