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Posted by: Shez | 2019/11/13

Q.

6-year-old girl suffers with sore feet

My 6-year-old girl complains of sore feet by the arch of her foot. Last night was the worse, we got about 5 times because of the pain in her foot. We did take her to a doctor last year, because she had pain in her calf, and the Dr mentioned it was growing pains. Could this also be growing pains?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2019/11/13

Always take notice when your child is so definite about her symptoms. Your daughter says that she has pain in her foot. Is it just one foot or both? The most common cause of foot pain in young children is flat feet. There is indeed also a form of 'growing pains' in the feet that active children may get. This is a condition affecting the heel of the foot that is known as Sever's disease. Symptoms include an aching pain under the bottom or back of the heel of the foot. Sometimes children with Sever's disease start limping when they walk because of the pain. Your daughter is having so much pain that she seems to have had very little sleep last night. Give her Panado for the pain tonight. She must be seen by a doctor about her foot pain. It would be best to see a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon if you can arrange this. Ask your paediatrician to recommend a specialist in your area.

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