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Heel Pain in Soccer Playing Kids

Soccer Arch Supports

Best Arch Supports for Soccer Cleats - Older Kids

We have seen a number of children lately presenting with heel pain.  In fact, heel pain is the most common problem we treat in the many children we see in our Seattle foot clinic.

Most of the heel pain in these kids is due to a problem known as “Sever’s disease” or “Calcaneal Apophysitis.  This is an inflammation of the growth plate of the heel bone.   The growth plate is injured due to extreme “tugging” forces from tendons and ligaments attaching into the heel bone.

Soccer is the sport that is most likely going to cause damage to the growth plate of the heel.

Our goal for treatment is to eliminate your child’s pain and then get them back to the activities they enjoy.   We do this by providing support that eliminates the forces that are causing the pain.   We may use heel lifts, arch supports, exercises and anti-inflammatory treatments.  It all depends on what type of foot your child has and the extent of their pain.  Our goals are to eliminate the pain and get your child back to activity in the most effective and least expensive way possible.

This is a problem that should be evaluated by a podiatrist familiar with treating pediatric patients.  If you are in the Seattle or Belleuve, WA areas then make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office.

If you are not in Seattle and there is no pediatric foot specialist in your area, then following these instructions until you can see a children’s foot doctor:

  • Ice the painful area 3 times per day for 10 minutes
  • Wear stable shoes all the time – even in the house (get our list of recommended shoes here)

    Soccer arch support for kids

    Best Soccer Arch Support - Young Kids

  • Have your child wear a very stable arch support.  For younger kids (toddler and youth sizes) we recommend the Arch Angels.
  • For older kids we recommend the  Powerstep Medical Grade Orthotic 3/4 length.  We like this one because it offers excellent control for a prefabricated orthotic, but doesn’t take up room in the toebox of soccer cleats.

Your Child’s Feet and Ingrown Nails

Spring sports are here -  don’t let your child be sidelined by foot pain. Repetitive kicking and trauma can lead to painful infected ingrown toenails.  A nail becomes painful when the corners grow into the skin of the toe  causing discomfort, swelling, redness, and sometimes infection.

See our web page at on ingrown toenails.

Here are a few tips to help prevent ingrown nails:
• Make sure shoes fit properly. Incorrect shoe width often contributes to ingrown toenails. Make sure you have your child’s feet measured at every shoe fitting

• Teach your child how to properly trim their toenails. Toenails should not be cut too short and should be trimmed straight across.

• Check your childrens feet starting at a young age. Kids sometimes hide their foot pain from their parents

If your child develops an ingrown nail bring them in for a simple office procedure to remove the painful portion of the nail.  We love working with kids and we know how to make this an easy and non-traumatic experience for your child.

Antibiotics in most cases do not resolve the condition. The offending nail border needs to be removed. Do not remove the nail or cut it off yourself. These “bathroom surgeries” carry a risk for infection or other complications.
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Washington we provide care for your entire family. If you would like to make an appointment contact our office in Seattle.

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