Achilles tendonitis is rarely seen in children or teenagers. Often times kids (usually ages 9-13) develop heel pain that may be misdiagnosed as Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Their pain is usually coming from the growth plate because of overuse, growth spurts and inflammation. This is called Severs disease (similar to Osgood-Schlatters seen in the knee) and is usually easily treated by a sports medicine specialist.
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How is osteochondritis dissecans diagnosed?
To initially diagnose osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), your doctor will conduct a physical exam to assess for tenderness, stability of the ligaments and tendons and range of motion. Sometimes, it is necessary to aspirate the joint fluid for diagnostic purposes. X-rays can reveal signs of arthritis, loose bodies, chip fractures and other bone abnormalities. Your doctor may also seek more sophisticated imaging studies, such as MRIs, CT scans or bone scans.
What exercises can help after Achilles tendon repair?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Most importantly the physician that performed the repair must give the go-ahead for exercise of any kind following a repair of the achilles tendon. The musculature of the posterior lower leg is very strong and can generate an extreme amount of force. Insuring that the healing process is complete is critical. Following the release of the physician, the most important initial goal is a pain free range of motion so flexibility of the gastroc/soleus complex is prescribed but needs to be monitored by the appropriate certified and licensed health care professional. Following range of motion work then strengthening the gastroc/soleus complex is necessary but also in direct supervision so that a failure of the repair doesn’t happen.
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