Growing pains can be a problem for both children and parents. They usually coincide with children growth spurts and are most common in the muscles of the calves, thighs and behind the knee. Episodes of growing pains are spasmodic and symptoms can range from mild pain to a child awaking at night screaming in agony. Growing pains are thought to be caused by something similar to muscle fatigue and are most common in pre-school children simply because their muscles have not fully developed yet and hence they are more prone to fatigue.
Flat feet in children is a big factor in growing pains as poor foot function will place excess strain on rthe muscles of the lower leg. Podiatry treatment of children’s growing pains is aimed at improving stability, strength and flexibility of muscles whilst reducing strain on the lower leg. Treatment options include orthotics, footwear advice, stretching and strengthening.
NB. Pain in a child’s leg at night should always be taken seriously as it may be due to other more serious causes. Thus it is important that the origin of pain is accurately diagnosed by a children’s podiatrist at our Melbourne clinic.