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son with plantar faciitis

Posted by Annette on 9/02/00 at 21:05 (026998)

I have a 10 year old son has plantar faciitis, I feel so bad for him, he is very active in sports and I am so sad for him that that he mayl not be able to play soccer this year. I can't believe that he has to
go through this pain at his age. Does anyone have any experience with children having plantar F problems? Isn't 10 years old a bit too young for this? any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Annette

Re: son with plantar faciitis

Dr. Zuckerman on 9/02/00 at 21:19 (027000)

Your son probaby has growing pains or what we docs call Sever disease. I have an excellent article on my web site wwww.thefootspecialist.com that talks about this exact problem. Feel free to copy and read this article. I wrote it about ten years ago for a local health section, in a magazine

Re: son with plantar faciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 07:56 (027019)

I got this when I was 12, it can happen. I feel bad for your son but hopefully it will clear up quickly. Often its the most active kids that develop pf. I know that missing soccer for a year must feel like the end of the world to him now, but hopefully it'll give him a chance to develop some other hobbies.
If your doctor/PT suggests streching exercises make sure he does them!! Everyday, until it clears up.

Re: son with plantar faciitis

wendyn on 9/03/00 at 09:41 (027030)

Sorry you're son has to deal with this at such a young age. I started having foot problems at the age of 11, and my son started having trouble right around the same age. My niece did as well - this seems to be a time of a lot growth and I wonder if that's what can contribute to the onset?

Re: son with plantar faciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 10:34 (027034)

At first they thought I had growing pains, kept telling me I would grow out of it, 10 years on and I'm still waiting (HAHa, only joking!)
In my case it was a chronic problem, I think getting it young was good, I've never had to give anything up, is it Nancy on the board whos had to give up her job because of PF/at? Anyway, what I mean is its easier if you never start a pf unfriendly career!

Re: son with plantar fasciitis

Nancy S. on 9/03/00 at 12:03 (027039)

Hi Amy, ya, I'm the one (and there are others). Actually, I think if I'd had work that put me both on and off my feet I'd be better off. I spent my first twenty years at work almost completely sitting on my duff. Then I FINALLY got tired of not moving around and started an antiques business, and suddenly I was spending 10 hours a day on my feet. I do think all that sitting and then suddenly expecting my feet to take the beating I gave them was probably what left me open to PF. So from now on I'll have to do PF-friendly work, but maybe it isn't such a good thing to start out that way?
Of course, the situation of someone who started having foot problems as a youngster is completely different (I think). What a hard thing to have to deal with so young.
Nancy

Re: son with plantar fasciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 15:15 (027055)

Dear Nancy, there are worse things to cope with than pf/at. Although I must say you don't get much sympathy for having sore feet! I'm sorry you had to give up work, but life would be boring if we weren't forced to change our ways every so often. I'm sure this will be a change for the better in the long run

Re: son with plantar faciitis

Dr. Zuckerman on 9/02/00 at 21:19 (027000)

Your son probaby has growing pains or what we docs call Sever disease. I have an excellent article on my web site wwww.thefootspecialist.com that talks about this exact problem. Feel free to copy and read this article. I wrote it about ten years ago for a local health section, in a magazine

Re: son with plantar faciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 07:56 (027019)

I got this when I was 12, it can happen. I feel bad for your son but hopefully it will clear up quickly. Often its the most active kids that develop pf. I know that missing soccer for a year must feel like the end of the world to him now, but hopefully it'll give him a chance to develop some other hobbies.
If your doctor/PT suggests streching exercises make sure he does them!! Everyday, until it clears up.

Re: son with plantar faciitis

wendyn on 9/03/00 at 09:41 (027030)

Sorry you're son has to deal with this at such a young age. I started having foot problems at the age of 11, and my son started having trouble right around the same age. My niece did as well - this seems to be a time of a lot growth and I wonder if that's what can contribute to the onset?

Re: son with plantar faciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 10:34 (027034)

At first they thought I had growing pains, kept telling me I would grow out of it, 10 years on and I'm still waiting (HAHa, only joking!)
In my case it was a chronic problem, I think getting it young was good, I've never had to give anything up, is it Nancy on the board whos had to give up her job because of PF/at? Anyway, what I mean is its easier if you never start a pf unfriendly career!

Re: son with plantar fasciitis

Nancy S. on 9/03/00 at 12:03 (027039)

Hi Amy, ya, I'm the one (and there are others). Actually, I think if I'd had work that put me both on and off my feet I'd be better off. I spent my first twenty years at work almost completely sitting on my duff. Then I FINALLY got tired of not moving around and started an antiques business, and suddenly I was spending 10 hours a day on my feet. I do think all that sitting and then suddenly expecting my feet to take the beating I gave them was probably what left me open to PF. So from now on I'll have to do PF-friendly work, but maybe it isn't such a good thing to start out that way?
Of course, the situation of someone who started having foot problems as a youngster is completely different (I think). What a hard thing to have to deal with so young.
Nancy

Re: son with plantar fasciitis

AmyM on 9/03/00 at 15:15 (027055)

Dear Nancy, there are worse things to cope with than pf/at. Although I must say you don't get much sympathy for having sore feet! I'm sorry you had to give up work, but life would be boring if we weren't forced to change our ways every so often. I'm sure this will be a change for the better in the long run