When young bodies are growing and changing so quickly, growing pains can be expected. Children between the ages of 3 to 12 can experience them and even though they can be quite painful at the time, they don't actually cause any damage. Cramps and aches can usually be eased with gentle massage, stretching and heat pads.
However, pain in your child's joints can be a symptom of hypermobility syndrome. This occurs when the ligaments that hold a joint together are too loose.
Like many children his age, Jake is a boy who never stays still. Ever.
This vivacious 9 year-old LOVES his sport and wants to be involved in chasing anything that closely resembles a ball!
When we first met Jake at Junction Foot and Ankle Group, his concerned Mum said she brought him in after Jake started complaining of painful heels, especially after sport.
We don't know if you've noticed, but children grow constantly!
Every year you probably find yourself buying new shoes for each child (that's if you make it a whole year) and it's not just the school shoes you have to worry about.