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Can a child get Plantar Fasciitis?

Sometimes parents worry when they find out that their heel pain is caused by Plantar Fasciitis, that their children are going to develop the same symptoms in the future. If the child's then starts to also have pain in their heel, the worry of the parents only increases. However, Plantar Fasciitis is rarely (if ever) seen in children, due to the increased elasticity of the tissues.  As we get older, the tissue lose elasticity and sprains, strains (as in plantar fasciitis) or breaks are more common. Heel pain in children is actually usually caused by Sever's Disease or Calcaneal Apophysitis. Sever's Disease is most often seen in children that are very active and occurs as the growth plate in the foot is put under extra stress and becomes inflammed. Preventative measures can be taken to make sure this inflammation doesn't occur.
Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute