Apophysitis causes pain in your child’s bones at the growth plate (a weaker area of bone where growth takes place). This pain can happen in many bones, including in the heel, elbow (called Little Leaguer's Elbow), knee, or foot. Running, jumping, throwing, or other repetitive activities can put stress on the growth plate. This stress results in inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Your child’s doctor will examine them and ask questions about their pain. A physical exam may be enough to diagnose apophysitis.
Your child’s doctor may order an X-ray to rule out a bone fracture or other injuries.
Your child’s doctor may prescribe pain medicines to help reduce pain and swelling.
A heel pad insert in your child’s shoes can help relieve stress on the heel and prevent apophysitis.
Icing the painful area can help reduce both pain and swelling.
The main treatment for apophysitis is rest. Your child may need to take several weeks off of sports or other activities.
A physical therapist can show your child stretching exercises that can help relieve stress on the bones. They will also help them slowly return to activities.
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Home to a sports medicine certified pediatrician. The University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute is home to a sports medicine certified pediatrician, who completed specialized fellowship training to help athletes under the age of 18. You can rely on our expertise to help your young athlete recover, rebuild strength, and get back in the game.
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