: was a very active athlete, but with the pain, he is a depressed couch potato. Is there anything we can do besides wait until he grows?
From your description, it sounds like your son has calcaneal apophysitis. It is a very common complaint. Dr. Abrams oftens places these kids in a shock absorbing heel cup and recommends icing the area before and after any activities. Also, an anti-inflammatory, such as Advil or Aleve can be very helpful. If this continues, I would recommend that you see a podiatric physician in your area for further follow up.