Your child may be experiencing pain in the growth plate area of his or her heel. This is called calcaneal apophysitis, and it is a common cause of heel pain in children, particularly those who participate in sports. Calcaneal apophysitis often occurs in kids who are 8-14 years old, and common symptoms of this condition include pain in the back or bottom of the heel which is typically worse during or after sports. Another name for this condition is Sever’s disease, but it is not really a “disease”, and it also responds very well to treatment. See our main heel pain page for more information.