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Foot Pain

At A Healthy Step Clinic, our Podiatrist indicates that there are a range of conditions where children may be experiencing pain. Some contributing factors may include but not limited to;

  • Growing Pains
  • In-toe and out-toe gait
  • Walking on tips of toes
  • Hypermobility
  • Developmental concerns

Growing Pains

Growing Pain or tenderness typically occurring at night which does not result in disability during the day where it is normally benign and self-limiting. Growing pains can cause significant discomfort to the child and may wake him or her up from sleep. Growing pain usually occurs between the age groups of 3-5 and 8-11 years, however it may present till early adolescence or teenage years. Boys and girls are equally affected.

Most common locations of pain may include however not limited to:

  • Legs (often calf)
  • Front of thigh
  • Behind the knee


There is a range of contributing factors liking growing pain ranging from tight muscles, tendons or the bones are growing too fast, increased activity of a child, muscular tiredness, poor posture and stress.


  • Aches of muscles of both legs
  • Movement of legs does not change pain severity, joints not affected
  • Pain comes and goes
  • Onset later afternoon or evening
  • Pain worse during night
  • Pain can wake up the child
  • Occasionally muscles of the arms affected too
  • Child may complain of headaches
  • It is most likely not a growing pain when
  • Pain in the morning or persistent pain
  • Joint pain/tenderness, swelling or redness
  • Pain following the injury
  • Limping
  • Weakness or unusual tiredness
  • Limitation of movement

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