Heel Pain in Youth Football Players

Several of my players this year are experiencing heel pain, under the ankle and on this sides of the ankle.  Most of my 5th grade football players are turning 10 and this is the age for a very common problem with inflammation of the heel for youth players 10 to 14.  Soccer players have been dealing with this issue for many years.  It seems that cleats are the cause of the problem.

My son’s heel pain started over the summer and I read all I could on the subject before our Doctors appointment.  This is a great article on the subject http://onthepitch.org/2008/09/24/heel-pain-in-youth-soccer-players/.

We bought Tulis Gel Heel Cups and this solved his problem in about 4 weeks.  My son wears the heel cups in his everyday shoes and his cleats.

Please consult your doctor for any type of injury.

Good luck this season.  Play for Fun and Winning is Funner

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  1. Great advice! Heel pain hurts sooo bad. I remember playing youth football and really bruising up my heels bad and the pain doesn’t go away with out rest or a change in your shoes.

  2. My son is 11 years old and after going to a foot doctor and having physical therapy because he was misdiagnosed with plantar fasciatis and tendonitis finally had imaging on both of his feet and has a condition called epiphyitis. Sounds like the same condition. We ordered the tulis gel heel cups and are hoping he will get better soon. Any advice or a time frame on how long this can last would be helpful.

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