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child w/foot pain during the night

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  • Posted By: dmarie0723
  • May 17, 2007
  • 10:57 AM

Periodically, for the past year, my almost six year old son wakes up in the night sobbing from foot pain. This seems to happen in streaks - several nights in a row for a week or so, then not again for several more weeks. He says the tops and sides of his feet hurt.

I do think he is in genuine pain and have checked his shoes & toenails. When it is happening, I give him some ibuprofen and massage his feet until he falls asleep again. However, this has occasionally taken 45 minutes or longer of him just crying in pain.

He has a very good diet & gets plenty of exercise. He takes a daily vitamin and 1.5 mg. Tenex daily. I do believe the foot pain was a problem before we started the Tenex. I also don't think this is an attention seeking behavior or "growing pains."

Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this? Thanks.

-dmarie0723

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  • It seems like we're all experiencing the same things. My daughter is 5 and occasionally wakes up at night crying and complaining of foot pain specifically the bottom of her feet and toes. Tonight was especially bad and she cried more than in the past so I was worried. We gave her baby advil and rubbed her feet until she calmed down and was able to fall back asleep. When this happened in the past, we asked her doctor who said it could be a result of flat feet or growing pains. But, nothing was really conclusive. I would hate to see this continue for years without knowing if there is something that could help. I think I may consult a foot doctor since my guess is that this happens when my child does more running around during the day and will suffer at night because of it. If I get any more info, I'll be sure to pass it on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 04:08 AM
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  • Oh my gosh. I thought I was alone. My son just turned 3 and for the past year he wakes up at night crying in pain that his feet hurt. At first it happened like once a month then twice a month, and now its happening more frequently. I would stay up for about an hour massaging his feet, and holding his feet under water cause he said that helped. I wasn't too worried at first because i thought that his feet just fell asleep and he didn't like the feeling, but now I'm getting really worried. I was up with him 3 different times last night, and I felt so bad because he was in so much pain. When I mentioned it to the doctor, she said she has never heard of a kid complaining about this. She checked him out and gave me a referral to see a ortho. first and then to see a a neuro. I will be making the appointment very soon but I have this bad feeling there still not going to know what's wrong. Before I found this site I looked up muscular dystrophy, since it runs in my family and got really nervous, my mind started to think the worst and now I'm worried that this might be an early sign of something bad. Please if you have found an answer to this please email me, tatertot022@aol.com, it seems that we're all going through the same thing. :)
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  • Here is another idea for you -- Fabry's Disease. I think this is unlikely with just foot pain at night, more likely if he also has GI complaints, angiokeratomas (red spot rashes), or decreased sweating.
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  • I have a 4 1/2 year old boy that has been battling this for over a year. He awakes frequently at night complaining of foot pain and wanting it rubbed. Like most of you, we rub it, try to give him Motrin and he goes back to sleep. On occasion it will occur multiple times in one night (especially if he refuses motrin). What is interesting is that if he takes motrin prior to bed he is usually fine. He is also fine during the day. It seems to occur more when he is tired or has had an active day, and we noticed an increase in this when he gave up naps about 6 mos ago. It has been dismissed as growing pains, night terrors, etc. We have an appt to see an ortho dr next week, but I did hear from a friend about young children having restless leg syndrome. Many of these kids actually have low iron/ferritin levels and respond well to iron therapy. Many of the symptoms fit my son, so I will definitely discuss this with the dr. Just an idea... Good luck everyone. I feel your pain!!! It's very frustrating!
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  • I have this problem too My doctor has referred me to somebody so that they can do an assessment.Im so sick of itYou could try rubbing some Ibuprofen Gel onto the area to see if that helps.I hope you feel better soon.....foot pain sux
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  • I also have a 6 year old boy who experienced pains in his feet at night since he was about 2 and a half. The frequency has decreased as he has got older but there doesn't seem to be any consistent cause for the bouts eg. being active or not, climbing, jumping or any other activity during the day. The doctors have called it "growing pains" but like you all, that does not make sense to me. The best answers I have found have been from Chiropracters who say it comes from the ligaments in the feet/joints being stretched as the structures are growing, and I periodically have his ankles, feet and back checked by a chiropracter to ensure that all is moving freely. This has seemed to help. It does seem to settle down as they grow older, as I also have a now 8 year old who had pains in his legs at night (but not feet) and probably hasn't had them now for over a year.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 03:03 AM
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  • My 3 year old has started having leg pains at night too. It happened only 2 times and both after a long walks we had. And I think it might be 'growing pains' as i had them too when I was little. Don't know if I am right... will see, if that happen again, then we will definitely see a doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 26, 2009
    • 10:46 PM
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  • I am so glad to find that other people are having the same problems with their kids. We have 4 children and only one (our currently 7.5 year old girl), has been having these exact problems for years. Always in one foot, always the same foot. But last night she woke up with BOTH! She cries and cries. My husband is a chiropractor and adjusts and massages her feet then we put her back to bed. Seems to help, but it is a very curious thing! We have done radiographs on her feet, but nothing shows up...strange. I guess we will just keep monitoring it since it is so sporadic andnot a regular occurance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2009
    • 00:16 PM
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  • I have a 10-year old son who has frequent night leg muscle pains (as you may also consider every night) before he goes to sleep. He started suffering this "growing pain", as our pedia called it, a year and a half ago. As what other members also experienced, he is very playful the whole day (ex. biking for 2 hours), active, good eating conditions and growing a bit better than other normal kids.Some of our other observations are: pains occur frequently before sleeping; massage (by hand or electric massage) let him fall asleep; he easily get sweating while playing even eating; at age 10 -he urinates more often on his pants at night especially when he take a lot of water before sleeping, he seems to be dreaming frequently while asleep -talking & stretching his legs; being playful -he seldom sleeps/or nap during the day; he is a bit overweight (but not obese), pains occur only along the muscles (not joints or the knees); he bend his legs while in pain; NO rushes nor signs of inflammations (will tell u more for other observations)Doctors advices: take B12 vitamins, potassium, eat bananas regularly, apply massage with hot water (placed in a bottle).Other information: A houseboy/, 19 year old, with us now also told us that he was having the same kind of pain when he was a kid and now it was all gone. I'm currently investigating his story; as of now, he revealed it was pure massage and no other medications taken.SO, friends, I hope these will help you in your research in some way or another. This pain is really awesome; how many are they (children) in theworld having this night abnormality? Any data? Is it possible to start gathering these kids for study? for the better?GOD helps us all !!!
    jlcalatravajr 2 Replies
    • October 24, 2009
    • 02:48 AM
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  • As of now, I have no worries about the pain my son is experiencing. I believe it is a part of child growth, being a bit above normal (like his growth in built or size, being active, higher mathematical IQ).You may click and read the articles for some comforting facts:http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/aches/growing_pains.html
    jlcalatravajr 2 Replies
    • October 24, 2009
    • 03:45 AM
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  • Like all of us, we have a 4y/o daughter who for the last 6 months or so, has been experiencing intermittent foot pain atop her right foot, and usually just her right foot, from what I can remember correctly. It is not a nightly thing, maybe once or twice a month, and then it could be gone for a month, only to come back on a later night. Like the rest of you, motrin and warm compress with massage ease her back to sleep in just 30 mintues or so. Last night she did have one before bed, as we were watching a movie, and it didnt seem to be as painful, as she wasnt crying like usual, but was holding her foot and complaining of it hurting until I rubbed it added heat...and she dozed off with no pain and didnt wake in the night.I wanted to know if any of you that have been to the doc have found anything out yet? I took her in today because I just chalked it up as being growing pains, but then thought since she is active in ballet, she could have a small fracture or something of the sort and this worried me. So no x-rays were taken today, just blood workup (CBC, Sed Rate, and RF) to check for inflammation. THis has caused concern and I am worried about her. Has anyone else had a blood workup to evaluate this problem? ANd if so, what was your child(s) results?Thanks so much! AWIlliamsOklahoma
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    • November 21, 2009
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  • Like all of us, we have a 4y/o daughter who for the last 6 months or so, has been experiencing intermittent foot pain atop her right foot, and usually just her right foot, from what I can remember correctly. It is not a nightly thing, maybe once or twice a month, and then it could be gone for a month, only to come back on a later night. Like the rest of you, motrin and warm compress with massage ease her back to sleep in just 30 mintues or so. Last night she did have one before bed, as we were watching a movie, and it didnt seem to be as painful, as she wasnt crying like usual, but was holding her foot and complaining of it hurting until I rubbed it added heat...and she dozed off with no pain and didnt wake in the night.I wanted to know if any of you that have been to the doc have found anything out yet? I took her in today because I just chalked it up as being growing pains, but then thought since she is active in ballet, she could have a small fracture or something of the sort and this worried me. So no x-rays were taken today, just blood workup (CBC, Sed Rate, and RF) to check for inflammation. THis has caused concern and I am worried about her. Has anyone else had a blood workup to evaluate this problem? ANd if so, what was your child(s) results?Thanks so much! AWIlliamsOklahomaMy 4 yr old son has very much the same as the rest of you have described. It happens in both feet but he has struggled with drinking water and appitite since birth. His pain last all night on and off. I lay in bed and rub his feet and this seems to help him fall asleep just to wake crying again if I have stopped. If anyone finds out any additional info please post it. thank you
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2010
    • 04:12 PM
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  • Hi, I am just trying to find out about foot pain myself. I had foot pain myself as a child a lot, especially when tired or during the night. The only explanation was growing pains but I still get it, I'm 35! It is a strange dull ache and comes goes. I am interested in the iron level connection. I sometimes have low iron but am otherwise a healthy person.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2010
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  • I Also Have A Grandaughter Who Has Night Foot Pain. She Is Only 2 1/2 Years Old, And Has Had This For About 6 Months. I Am Very Concerned , However Her Mom Says She Had Foot Pain At Night As A Young Girl. My Grandaughter Is A Very Sound Sleeper. And It Wakes Her Up. She Cries Sometimes For A 30 Mon. To And Hour. I Give Her Tylenol For Pain And Rub Her Feet. It Occurs About Once Every 2 Weeks. Her Pediatrician Says It Is Growing Pains.I Don's Beleive This So I Am Turning To The Internet Hoping To Find Answers.I See There Is Many Other Children With The Same Problem. Please RespondIf You Can Help. Thank YouHI, i got the same problem with my 3-year old son. His feet pain at night only becomes even worse since last three weeks, from occasionaly pain to current pain every night and become worse and worse. Today we visit a doctor, and he suggest to take pain relief stuff , but it does not work.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2010
    • 04:30 PM
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  • Like all of us, we have a 4y/o daughter who for the last 6 months or so, has been experiencing intermittent foot pain atop her right foot, and usually just her right foot, from what I can remember correctly. It is not a nightly thing, maybe once or twice a month, and then it could be gone for a month, only to come back on a later night. Like the rest of you, motrin and warm compress with massage ease her back to sleep in just 30 mintues or so. Last night she did have one before bed, as we were watching a movie, and it didnt seem to be as painful, as she wasnt crying like usual, but was holding her foot and complaining of it hurting until I rubbed it added heat...and she dozed off with no pain and didnt wake in the night.I wanted to know if any of you that have been to the doc have found anything out yet? I took her in today because I just chalked it up as being growing pains, but then thought since she is active in ballet, she could have a small fracture or something of the sort and this worried me. So no x-rays were taken today, just blood workup (CBC, Sed Rate, and RF) to check for inflammation. THis has caused concern and I am worried about her. Has anyone else had a blood workup to evaluate this problem? ANd if so, what was your child(s) results?Thanks so much! AWIlliamsOklahomamy daughters blood results showed up low white blood cells. she is 4 1/2 years old and has been suffering from sore feet for about 2 years. the docotor says it is growing pains. but i am unsure that this is true.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2010
    • 10:29 AM
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  • I too have a son who is having pain in his right foot at night he is only two years old I am a little concerned But I do remember as child having really bad cramps in my legs and feet and my Dad having to rub them and message them until I could go back to sleep but I was 5 or 6 years old not two. I am going to ask his doc and see what she say's.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2010
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  • Could this be tarsal tunnel syndrome? Basically the equivalent of carpal tunnel syndrome, but occurs in the feet. Worse at night. Can cause pain, tingling, burning, pins and needles etc. Test for this by tapping over the posterior tibial nerve to see if it reproduces symptoms in the feet. This is done by tapping repeatedly over the nerve. Nerve runs behind and then below the medial malleolus (the boney prominence located on the inner aspect of the ankle. Tap just below and around this point) DrTN
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2010
    • 01:22 PM
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  • Again, another parent here experiencing the same things, so thought I would share my experiences.My boy is now 4 1/2 and has occasionally (maybe once every 3 months for the last 2 years) woken up in pain, it starts with a wimper and turns into crying if not caught soon enough!He complains that his foot hurts (only seems to be one at a time, never both in one night). Tonight, it happened again, and curiously as he was going to bed, he mentioned 'pins and needles' in his right foot, which I thought was strange as he wasn't doing anything that could have caused pins and needles.I suspected what might happen later tonight, and sure enough, 3 hours after he went to sleep, he starts wimpering. This time I knew what to do, so straight away I started firmly massaging his right foot, about 4 minutes in he asked me to 'keep rubbing', so I did for the next few minutes, he then turned over in bed and fell back asleep.It seems to be more likely to happen when he's done loads of running around, but then today was just an average day with no excessive amounts of excercise.It seems to be that prompt action and firm massaging solve this problem the quickest, I'm convinced that tonight he didn't even really wake up, and that tomorrow morning he will not recall anything. I didn't need to give him any medicine tonight, although we did when it first started years ago - don't we all turn to medicine!Matthew, Dad, UK.
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  • I want to second the motion that these people should be tested for Fabry's. I am suspected of having Fabry's and am scheduled to go for genetic screening and testing later this month. I can tell you that for years I have been awakened regularly at 3AM by burning pain in my hands and feet. The foot pain arose in 1985. It wasn't until 2002 that it also started in my hands. Exercise and warmth (under covers at night) are known to intenify the pain. Other Fabry's symptoms that I have are: ringing in the ears and mild hearing loss, huffing and puffing that turned out to be restrictive cardiomyopathy, angiomas on my trunk, explosive gas and diarrhea soon after eating cooked onions (onions have a certain polysaccharide that requires for digestion the enzyme that is missing in Fabry's), mild protein showing in my urine, Raynaud's with intolerance to cold, decreased sweating, and so also intolerance to heat, joint pain, elevated ESR, hypothyroidism, and osteopenia. Turns out these are all signs and symptoms of Fabry's, which is genetic, and my father and his mother suffered from them, too. Untreated Fabry's can cause heart disease, strokes, liver failure, kidney failure and more. Dad died from heart disease. His mom died of strokes. Her sister died of kidney failure and Her mother died from liver disease even though she was a teetotaler. Get checked!
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  • I am a 29yr old female and had the dame foot pain when i was growing up. I would wake with horrible pain in my feet... my mom qould take me to the doctor and they said the same thing...growing pains. The pain eventually went to my legs at night, my mother took me back to the doctors only to get the same "growing pains" answer. I am now 29yrs old and the pain never went away, some nights it would be fine, others I would wake up crying in pain and need ibuprofen to fall back asleep. A year ago, I was finally diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. I continued going to the doctors complaining of theses leg cramps and foot pain. As i got older it went to my hands and arms. I feel as though there was something wrong from the time this all started (4yrs old)... It worries me because i now have 3 children and my middle child is waking up at night with the same foot pain. She wakes up 5 out of 7 nights a week crying in pain. I have taken her to her pediatrician who has referred her to a pediatric rheumatologist. I hope you all continue to fight for you children! You are their voice... good luck!
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