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14y/o son has had "heel pain" for about a yr. He plays sports at school. Does this warrant a trip to the dr? Mainly occurs during sport activity...
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Dr. Marjorie Delo
Sports Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Athletic heel pain
The most likely diagnosis for your son's heel pain is sever's disease, a condition that is caused by stress to the growth plate in the heel with use of the calf muscles.
However, in an athlete, we would want to perform an xray to rule-out stress fracture. If the xray is negative, this can usually be managed with a gel heel cup and exercise program (and he will outgrow it).

In brief: Athletic heel pain
The most likely diagnosis for your son's heel pain is sever's disease, a condition that is caused by stress to the growth plate in the heel with use of the calf muscles.
However, in an athlete, we would want to perform an xray to rule-out stress fracture. If the xray is negative, this can usually be managed with a gel heel cup and exercise program (and he will outgrow it).
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Good Shoes?
It is most likely a chronic foot sprain, and he needs to wear good shoes to start with.
If that and otc nsaids like Ibuprofen do not clear it up, then he should see his doctor.

In brief: Good Shoes?
It is most likely a chronic foot sprain, and he needs to wear good shoes to start with.
If that and otc nsaids like Ibuprofen do not clear it up, then he should see his doctor.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Stretch heel cords
Sounds liike plantars fascaiitis rest and nsaids good start.

In brief: Stretch heel cords
Sounds liike plantars fascaiitis rest and nsaids good start.
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not uncommon
For severe cases of severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis.

In brief: Not uncommon
For severe cases of severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes.
A year is a long time to have pain..... Have it evaluated.

In brief: Yes.
A year is a long time to have pain..... Have it evaluated.
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Dr. Hank Chambers
Pediatrics - Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually from growth
This type of heel pain is usually caused by stress at the growth plate of the calcaneus (heel bone) due to growth of the bones of the leg.
The bone grows faster than the muscles and where they attach, there is often pain from a traction injury. This can be treated with stretching exercises of the heel cord (find on internet) and a heel cup in the shoes.

In brief: Usually from growth
This type of heel pain is usually caused by stress at the growth plate of the calcaneus (heel bone) due to growth of the bones of the leg.
The bone grows faster than the muscles and where they attach, there is often pain from a traction injury. This can be treated with stretching exercises of the heel cord (find on internet) and a heel cup in the shoes.
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
In brief: Maybe
In active children this age, without a history of injury, this could likely be calcaneal apophysitis which responds well to conservative treatments (good heel cord stretching, icing, and heel cups for padding) and is self limiting, resolving with the closure of the growth plate .
However, a trip to the doctor is never a bad idea for radiographs to rule out other causes.

In brief: Maybe
In active children this age, without a history of injury, this could likely be calcaneal apophysitis which responds well to conservative treatments (good heel cord stretching, icing, and heel cups for padding) and is self limiting, resolving with the closure of the growth plate .
However, a trip to the doctor is never a bad idea for radiographs to rule out other causes.
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Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Sever's
Activity related heel pain in a young athlete is often sever's- an inflammation of the apophysis at the tip of the heel.
It typically follows rapid growth and can limit activity. Usually resolves without long term effects as growth slows. Treatment usually consists of rest (good luck!) heel pads and stretching. However, a good xray is a must to rule out fracture or other lesions.

In brief: Sever's
Activity related heel pain in a young athlete is often sever's- an inflammation of the apophysis at the tip of the heel.
It typically follows rapid growth and can limit activity. Usually resolves without long term effects as growth slows. Treatment usually consists of rest (good luck!) heel pads and stretching. However, a good xray is a must to rule out fracture or other lesions.
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