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The Running Doctor: Most common areas of foot discomfort for children

Updated 1:02 pm, Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Children's feet often take a beating. The bones, ligaments and tendons in children's feet and ankles aren't fully developed yet, and damage can occur when the feet are stressed from hours of sports participation.

The softer surface sports create less trauma to the joints, whereas playing on harder surfaces can take its toll. Nonetheless, we see the children who continue to play with early warning signs of pain, resulting in problems that may plague them into adulthood.

Some of the most common areas where kids have pain include--

- Calcaneal Apophysitis: A heel growth plate inflammation due to muscle strain and repetitive stress.

- Achilles Tendonitis: The tendon connecting to the heel bone to the calf muscle gets inflamed.

- Plantar Fasciitis: If you've ever had this as an adult, it is devastating. The band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed.

- Stress fractures: There is a resultant hairline break from repeated stress on the bone. It is of the utmost importance to watch your children. If there is a limp when walking and any sign of pain, action must be taken for evaluation and treatment.