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During primary school years, many children experience relatively severe pains in their legs at night, often after a strenuous day of activity at school.

Usually dubbed ‘growing pains’, this problem affects about one in three Australian school children.

Common causes of ‘growing pain’s include:

  • Abnormal foot pressure – children with overly-flexible feet that roll in excessively may have more trouble with ‘growing pains;
  • Muscle fatigue – if an active child has overly-flexible joints, the muscles have to work harder to control balance and foot posture;
  • Poor flexibility – during periods of rapid growth, muscles may become tight, restricting joint flexibility in the legs;
  • Vitamin D deficiency – new research suggests a link between low vitamin D and ‘growing pains’.

Typical symptoms of ‘growing pains’ are:

  • leg pain that occurs at night, disturbing sleep;
  • with pain occurring in the muscles, not the joints;
  • with pain occurring in both legs, not just one;
  • with pain gone by morning, causing no limp or difficulties running.

If your child suffers from leg pain at night that disturbs sleep, contact us for an appointment with an experienced paediatric podiatrist.
| Foot Health Clinic is located in Samford, North Brisbane | Call 07 3289 6050 for information or consultations.

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