Child Achilles’ Tendon Pain?

ask_the_doctorQUESTION:

:My 10 year old godson is pretty active but has a significant increase in physical activity/running during football season (practices 4/week and 1 game/week). He is completely fine during practices/games, but after he stops running, right about when we get home he has sudden pain to the back of his Left ankle (Achilles tendon area?). Tender when pressed down on, painful with walking, especially up stairs. No redness, bruising, swelling. He has not twisted it or injured it. Improves slightly with ice/elevation. I’m not sure what it is or what to do to help him. I’ve read some things and think it could maybe be tendinosis, (can kids as young as him even get this?)? Should I be doing exercises with him to help him strengthen it? What can I do? His mother doesn’t think it’s serious enough to need evaluation by a doctor, because it seems to resolve itself over time..until after his next practice. I’m looking for ways I can support him at home..ankle brace, compression wrap, exercises? I hate seeing him in pain and I don’t want this to get progressively worse. Thanks.

ANSWER:

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Ukranian Village 60622, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says…
He probably has calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s Disease-irritation of his heel’s growth plate. He needs rest & should stop football until it resolves-@ 3 weeks if pain free. Gentle stretching of his calves may help.
Another alternative is to be evaluated by a Board Certified Podiatrist-who may be able to modify his shoegear-which may help. He may also be over training. A coach is not always in tune with injuries.
Pain is not normal-especially in kids. Growing pains are are not normal either.

Hope this helps & Good Luck!

The Chicago Podiatrists of http://anklenfoot.com/ are specialists in orthopedics and sports medicine.
We are located in Chicago, Elmhurst & Bartlett

Dr George Tsatsos, Svetlana Zats, Dr Mariano Rivera, Dr Massard & Dr Kurtz
Chicago 60618 & 60622, Elmhurst 60126, Bartlett 60103 Podiatrists
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery & Orthopedics
New South Loop Location-Chicago 60661

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