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You are seeing a 10 year old boy active in club soccer who comes in complaining of intermittent posterior heel pain, particularly after soccer games. He has pain at the posterior calcaneus, especially when the sides of the heel are squeezed. There is no history of trauma or fall. There are no other abnormal physical exam findings, and radiographs are normal. The patient is not limping and currently does not have pain at rest.

Which of the following managements is indicated at this time?