Achilles Tendinitis in Children – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Achilles Tendinitis in Children
Signs & Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis in Children
Other Achilles tendinitis symptoms include:
- Swelling and/or knots in the Achilles tendon
- Creaking sounds when you massage or move the tendon
- Shooting pain when you point the foot
- Weakness in the leg
- Pain when wearing shoes, particularly if they’re too tight
Tendinitis may be confused with plantar fasciitis, since both cause heel pain. One difference is that heel pain from plantar fasciitis eases once you walk around a bit. With tendinitis, relief typically comes with rest, not increased activity.
What Causes Achilles Tendinitis?
The most common cause of Achilles tendinitis is overuse, i.e. repeated use of the tendon. Other causes of tendinitis include:
- A sudden increase in physical activity
- Not warming up the leg muscles before exercising
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit well or offer proper support
- Failure to stretch the tendon properly after physical activity
- Acute injury to the Achilles tendon or surrounding area
How Is Achilles Tendinitis Diagnosed?
Treating Achilles Tendinitis
To begin, Dr. Jarman usually recommends resting the affected leg. This typically means abstaining from the activity that likely caused the problem. Ask Dr. Jarman about non-weight-bearing exercises like biking and swimming.
Resting allows the tendon time to heel. The doctor may also recommend:
- Stretching exercises
- Shoe inserts called orthotics
- Apply ice or cold packs
- Taping or wrapping the tendon and ankle
- Elevating the foot
- Over-the-counter medications to manage inflammation
- Physical therapy
- A walking boot or soft cast
Surgery is rarely needed to treat Achilles tendinitis in children.