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GROWING PAINS! Growing bodies sometimes hurt. Muscles, tendons and bones often struggle to keep up with one another or keep up with the body’s physical activity. Two of the most common conditions that happen during these growth spurts are Sever’s disease and Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. Both are self limiting diseases which means they heal with time.
What is it? Both of these conditions are overuse injuries that involve a repetitive traction or pulling of the tendon on the bone. This pulling can cause inflammation at the tendon-bone attachment site.
Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is inflammation of the Achilles tendon attachment to the calcaneus (heel bone) at the location of the growth plate (apophysis). This typically occurs between the ages of 7 and 10 years.