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My 11-year-old daughter is a gymnast and complains of heel pain. She has not been able to tumble or run for vault without pain and is starting competition season. Can physical therapy help?


When you sprain your ankle, the ligaments & soft tissue are stretched beyond their normal limits. This leads to pain, swelling, & difficulty walking for several days.

Being a gymnast and now an aerialist on the weekend, I can tell you that it is common for kids to experience heel pain with impact sports such as running, when they are growing. The pain is oftentimes caused by inflammation of the growth plate on the heel. The growth plate is made of cartilage and can be weaker than the tendons and ligaments around it until it closes and is replaced by solid bone. It is possible for this condition to resolve on its own with rest, but knowing your daughter is starting her competition season, an evaluation from a physical therapist can help identify areas of impaired motion and weakness that may be affecting her heel. With a proper assessment and treatment plan at Corvallis Sport and Spine Physical Therapy, we can determine how much impact your daughter’s heel can tolerate and provide strategies/methods that will allow her to safely continue practicing and competing as well as assist with her recovery. Make an appointment with us today without a referral and most insurances will cover it.

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