Treating Calcaneal Apophysitis

Because calcaneal apophysitis occurs in children who are growing, the good news is that it is also self-recovering. Resting from weight-bearing and stressful activities for a week, and then gradually building back up to normal activities can relieve pain. Short-term pain remedies can include heel and arch supports and shoe inserts. You may want to heat the heel before activity or stretching to increase range of motion, increase the blood flow, and to relax the tissues for a more effective stretch. Ice the heel for twenty-minute intervals after exercise to reduce inflammation, which will reduce pain.  Finally, be patient and cognizant of activities that increase the pain. Be sure to reduce activity until the pain goes away, and not to rush back into activity.