Children do not commonly complain of persistent pain. During growth spurts, however, the muscles and bones grow at different rates, sometimes causing a lot of pain in the limbs.
Uneven growth rates (often at 7-9 years and then puberty) cause muscles to pull on the bone, especially where there are growth plates. The condition in the heel is called Sever’s Disease and in the front of the knee, Osgood-Shlatter’s Disease. Please remember that these are not actually diseases, but growth problems, so they will resolve once the muscles and bones are the same length again, as the growth spurt is over. Physiotherapy can help to manage your child’s pain. We will help you monitor and adjust his activity levels to minimise symptoms. Your child does not have to stop all sporting activities.