AUSTRALIAN blue heelers are a relatively new breed, with the first appearance of them occurring in 2014, according to a new study.
The study, published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology, tracked the health of more than 5,000 Australian children from the age of four to 19 years old.
“There are over 200 Australian blue-heel patients with a history of recurrent heel pain,” lead author Professor Matthew Lappin, of the Department of Pediatrics at Monash University, said in a statement.
“The authors of the study are interested in understanding why these patients have persistent or recurring symptoms.”
The study found that those with a blue-herring heel had a higher prevalence of skin irritation, acne, and redness compared to other patients.
Blue-heeled patients were also more likely to have a lower body mass index, and to have had a lower activity level, than non-blue-heels.
The researchers suggest that the increased severity of the symptoms may be related to the stress of growing up with a different species.
“We think that some of the genetic variation that affects this gene, might have led to the increased symptoms of blue-sheep syndrome,” Professor Lappins said.
The authors suggest that blue-thickness patients with redness may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.
It’s a common condition that affects around 10 per cent of Australian children, according the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
While the symptoms are usually caused by a change in the shape of the heel, some children with blue-henk syndrome have a deformity that could affect their ability to move and stand.