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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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  • My almost two year old son also wakes up in the night sobbing from foot pain. Just like you are experiencing, it happens in streaks - several nights in a row for a week or so, then not again for several more weeks. He says his foot or leg hurts but since he is so young, he doesn't stress any other details.He just hold his foot and sobs. This just happened again tonight which is what prompted me to research online. I was wondering if you have spoken to a doctor yet? I mentioned it at his 18 month exam but his pediatrician checked his foot and said if it happens again we could do xrays. Then it seemed to disappear for quite awhile. Another thing I find strange and worrisome is that it is always the same foot...I say foot because even when he says "my leg" he is still holding his right foot. Have you been able to find any more information about this symptom?
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  • The only thing I have discovered about my son's foot pain is that the medication he is on can cause leg cramps. But, it is not his legs, it is his feet, and I believe he had this problem before the Tenex. However, since my first posting, we have cut back the Tenex to 1 mg/day. There have been no further incidences (but I don't believe the problem is gone).I asked his Dr. about the foot pain and he seemed to think it was "growing pains." I don't buy that. Still, I have found nothing more that I think would be a strong possibility when doing my own internet research.I have looked at all the well-knowns; arthritis, diabetes, etc. None of them fit. I have also looked into the less common illnessess. I have no clue at this point. Have you learned anything new?-dmarie0723
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  • I haven't heard anything new. Whenever I research online I either can rule out all the other conditions/symptoms, or I get really scared because some articles talk about bone cancer and other horrible diseases. I have an appointment with the pediatrician in a couple of weeks and am hoping he will refer my son to an orthopedic specialist or maybe recommend some other investigating like xrays or something. Have you done anything like that? Since my last post (6/15), my son has not woken up during the night or complained of any further pain, but this is usually how it goes. He will be fine for a month, or even a few months, and then randomly be back for a week.Keep me posted if you hear of anything and I'll do the same! Thanks, JS
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  • Let me know what your doctor says, please. So far, my son has had only one more instance since my last posting. Unusual that it was only one. Even more so, because he told me about it the next day. I found him on the sofa in the morning and he said he went there because his foot was hurting. Yet, he never woke my husband nor myself up. So, it must have not been severe or perhaps he was just giving me an excuse for being on the sofa. Still....I did find something on the internet you may/may not have seen. Some elements I found there affirmed that I need to keep looking. Go to: http://www.parenting.com/parenting/child/article/0,19840,1535338,00.htmlKeep me posted if you learn anything on your end, please.-D.G.
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  • Thought I had something. Stumbled across Kohler's Disease. Yet, it says nothing about the child waking up at night in pain. The sex & age fit my son, but your son would be a bit young.I'll keep looking. Have you had any progress?-D.G.
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  • Just found more on Kohler's Disease. Your son may not be too young. Check out this link: http://www.emedicine.com/orthoped/topic410.htmWe should both be only too lucky if this were the cause of our sons' pain. It is not long term and complete recovery is to be expected. -D.G.
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  • Nothing new on my end. My appointment got rescheduled, we are going on the 27th so I'll let you know what the doctor says I should do/try next. My son still hasn't complained of the night time foot pain since my original post. It was happening every few weeks or so before. I am still anxious to hear what the doctor might recommend. The only other bit of info I have heard is from other mother's. I have a few friends who have older children now but say that they had complained about foot pain and/or leg cramps when they were young, and usually just at night/bedtime. They said their doctors all called it "growing pains".
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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 You
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 01:54 PM
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  • Hey moms,My son who is now 6 years old has been experiencing the same described foot pain for the last year or so. He is not an overweight child and from his dr.'s appt. his feet are perfectly normal otherwise. I have been told that it is just "growing pains" but it seems odd to me that his "growing pains" are only in his feet and are not experienced anywhere else.I too am looking for further answers, I will keep you posted on my research and further Dr. appts he has regarding this issue.Kindly
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
    • 06:20 AM
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  • My 3 years old son frequently wakes up crying about foot pain as well. It is difficult to get him to specify where the foot hurts but it causes him a great deal of distress. He likes me to put a cool cloth on it and massage his feet. If anyone comes up with any answers on what is going on, I would be grateful.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2008
    • 06:28 PM
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  • I am looking at the same thing. My son started this at about 2 1/2 yrs old and is now five and a half. I have never been able to find anything out about it but it seems to follow what you guys are talking about. I used to get growing pains in my legs as a child and it was horrible pain, but this seems different. It is not always the same foot though. He is active, healthy, his arches seem fine, and it is never during the day. One parent told me she thinks that dehydration causes it. I have noticed that if he doesn't drink much in the evening it seems to come up. Hard to tell though and maybe I should start a chart. It hasn't happened for a couple of months now but then started again tonight. Has anything new been found out? I see the last post was awhile ago...Cheers,A
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    • November 19, 2008
    • 11:44 AM
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  • My daughter has had this pain for 2 years, once to twice a month. 1 1/2 years ago they did an x-ray, did not find anything but decided it could be a toddler fracture and put her in a cast. She kept having the pain. She is now 4. She had her inflammation checked -- SED rate, and it was high. She also has anemia and is not growing much. They did an MRI just last month and it showed inflammation. We went to rheumatologist yesterday. They do not think it is arthritis because it happens in the night not upon waking But she does have inflammation so they are not sure. Other things they tested were Lyme’s disease, Kholers, Leukemia. They other test they are discussing is a bone scan. This is all being done with Children’s Hospital in Boston and still no idea. It is frustrating. Please let me know if nay of you find out anything and I will keep you posted too.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 03:10 PM
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  • My daughter has had this pain for 2 years, once to twice a month. 1 1/2 years ago they did an x-ray, did not find anything but decided it could be a toddler fracture and put her in a cast. She kept having the pain. She is now 4. She had her inflammation checked -- SED rate, and it was high. She also has anemia and is not growing much. They did an MRI just last month and it showed inflammation. We went to rheumatologist yesterday. They do not think it is arthritis because it happens in the night not upon waking But she does have inflammation so they are not sure. Other things they tested were Lyme’s disease, Kholers, Leukemia. They other test they are discussing is a bone scan. This is all being done with Children’s Hospital in Boston and still no idea. It is frustrating. Please let me know if nay of you find out anything and I will keep you posted too.
    kpreveza 1 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 03:19 PM
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  • HiMy granddaughter who is only 2 woke up one night last week terrified of her feet and wanted her mum to massage them. The next day she came to her mum a couple of times to have her feet massaged, she has been fine since, my daughter in law took her to the Doctor but they could fine nothing. When she was 18 mths old she had pain in her right leg and was limping the hospital said it was a stick fracture, which is just a stress fracture, they put her in a cast for six weeks. As she is so young she can't tell us what is wrong. The hospital are saying the foot episode is either night terrors, which some children get or growing pains. I am not sure, which is why I have come on line, after hearing all your stories I am sure there must be something going on. If anyone has an answer for this could they please let me know.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 30, 2008
    • 11:43 PM
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  • My son will be 5 in January and has had this problem now for 2 years. We had him to an orthopedic surgeon 2 yrs ago and he had blood work and an MRI and nothing was found. I made an appt. today (after a night of rubbing and a morning of limping) for him to go to a podiatrist. He will wake up begging me to rub his foot at night. He has always been able to point to where the pain is and he often wakes in the morning limping and complaining. It does seem to be worse after a busy day on his feet. His foot is sore on the side and top of the foot. It is tender to the touch too. Hopefully we will find out something!
    essyann 1 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 03:23 PM
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  • Hi,I have almost the same problem as you mentioned. My doughter is 3 1/2 year old. Once in a month or two, she gets up in the night and complains that her foot is hurting. Usually on that night, she will get up 3-4 times and cry as if it is hurting her too much. In the daytime she is fine.This has been going on for the last 9 months. She has had Xray but apparently nothing wrong. The doctor says it is nothing to worry about but I can not stop thinking about it. I cannat beleive it could be something like growing pain. Please suggest what should we do ? Thanks a lot
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 07:49 AM
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  • My son which is 4 has had the same problem for at least a year. He is otherwise healthy, but every few months wakes up complaining of foot pain and wants them to be rubbed. It usually is repeated for a few nights, but then goes away for a month or more, only to re-occur. He doesn't ever seem to have problems during the day, so it doesn't make sense that is an injury. I did notice tonight that his heart rate seemed very elevated, which makes me wonder if it is a circulation issue. Maybe the high hear rate is increasing blood pressure in the feet causing irritation that is soothed by rubbing. I'll monitor to see if this is the case going forward. I'm interested to hear if anyone else's child is having the same issue.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 25, 2008
    • 08:39 AM
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  • My daughter is 8 years out and has had this problem for more than 4 years. I have continuously asked the pediatrician and he says that it may be the shoes and to monitor when it is happening and what shoes she is wearing. There is no rhyme or reason. Her complaints come at night mostly. It is off and on... where she can go months with no complaints and then many nights of pain. Her toes and top of feet. Massaging seems to help. I took her to a orthopedic twice, we did an xray, checked for lyme and arthritis... and nothing... everything was fine... but not really.I have heard growing pains from both doctors. Could they really be that... ahhh.. does anyone have any answers? I hate for her to have this kind of pain.Please help!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 04:38 AM
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  • I have read all these, and we are all experiencing the problem, but does anybody have an answer? My daughter is exactly the same as everyone, and it is midnight and she is just beside herself. Please send me an email direct at lizzymason@msn.com if anyone finds an answer. I really am concerned, and our doctor is saying growing pains.Thank you in advance,Liz
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2009
    • 05:25 AM
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  • My son will be 6 next month. For the last 3 years he has intermittently woken up in the middle of the night with extreme pain in the arches of his feet (once every few months). I give him Tylenol and rub his feet, which seems to soothe him, and he falls back asleep. He is fine in the morning. The peditrician said it's growing pains. I have not taken him to a podiatrist. He does have a silent murmer since birth, but it has never impacted him in any way. Like everyone else posting, I am also at a loss as to what is contributing. I saw a few people mention Kohler's Disease, but I cannot find much describing it. Not sure if symptoms would be concistent pain and not pain only at night and intermittent. My husband said he used to have similar pains when he was a child.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 04:21 PM
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