The most common form of heel pain experienced by adults is plantar fasciitis, often referred to as heel spur syndrome. This is due to inflammation of the plantar fascia that is attached to the heel bone. This pain is often intense when getting out of bed or after a long period of sitting.
Heel pain in children is usually not related to the plantar fascia. Calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease, is a common cause of pediatric heel pain. This is an inflammation within the heel bone growth plate, worse with activity.
For both adults and children, the best way to determine the cause of one’s heel pain is an examination and x-rays.(X-rays can be done in our office.) This will help distinguish it from other causes such as a stress fracture and insertional Achilles tendonitis. Treatment may require inserts, change in footwear, and anti-inflammatory medication.
Dr. Steven Miller treats both adults and children at his easy-to-reach office in Skokie, next to Old Orchard Shopping Mall and Edens Expressway. If you or a family member are suffering with heel pain, you can schedule an evaluation by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.