Re: Heel pain

Without examining him, I can not be certain. Often when I see a patient with these symptoms, it is calcaneal apophysitis or Seaver's disease. This means inflammation of the growth plate in the back of the heel bone. After about age 14, this particulatr growth plate will fuse with the main body of the heel bone.

I see more and more of this as parents have their children in excessive running activities year round.

Many times I will use a Silipos heel cup. Sometimes an orthotic with a heel lift. If the Achilles tendon is very tight, then stretching is necessary. Anti-inflammatory medicaine is to be uses sparingly. I do not like to mask the problem. Unfortunately if he were my patient I would advise rest, not more activity to aggravate this. It is quite simple, when something is injured, it should be rested to allow it to heal properly. Look at animals when they are injured. Leave them alone to rest and they know when they feel better.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on August 10, 2005 at 16:57:52:

In Reply to: Heel pain posted by Ian Lewis on August 10, 2005 at 00:30:01:

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