Your child may dream of one day playing for the Houston Texans or the Dallas Cowboys, but he or she has a lot of growing to do before then! Meanwhile, they can start with a great program in Austin—YMCA Flag Football. This program focuses on the child—developing skills, improving physical fitness, and having fun. Kids are taught to enjoy the striving as much as—or more than—the winning. Keep in mind, though, that playing football—or any sport for that matter—is not without risk of injury.

As children go through their growth spurt in early adolescence, the heel bone can grow more quickly than other tissues in the leg, and they can develop a tight Achilles tendon. Repetitive actions like running and jumping can increase this stress, and as the Achilles pulls against the growth plate on the heel, it damages the cartilage there. This injury can lead to children’s heel pain and a condition called Sever’s disease.

To avoid the problem in the first place, make sure your child wears the proper type of shoes for his or her sport, and that they fit well and provide enough padding to protect their tender heels. Making sure he or she warms up properly and keeps leg muscles and tendons limber and in good shape can help as well.

If heel pain does develop, he or she will need to rest for it to heal properly. This means stopping all the activity that causes the pain. Resting from activity will bring quicker healing, so he or she will be able to get back into football as soon as it is safe. Icing, elevating, and using compression can also relieve pain and swelling.

Are You Looking for a Sports Injuries Expert in Austin, TX?

If you are looking for sports injury care, you should reach out to an experienced podiatristAustin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. Our office provides a wide variety of advanced, effective treatment options for all kinds of painful conditions. Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512.328.8900.

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