Non swollen Achilles pain

My 12 yr old son plays football. He recently began complaining about pain in his Achilles. He was diagnosis with osgood-schlater and we thought perhaps he was developing tendinitis but there is no swelling and the pain is only sharp right after he runs. He describes it as sharp and only for a short time maybe a minute. He is able to move his ankle in all directions without any pain except when he point his foot to the left and downward that he feels some pain. What could be causing this and what stretching or movement should he do as well as avoid.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Without examining your son it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing his foot pain however, I will do my best to give you some suggestions.

    Your son is in the age range of Sever’s Disease of calcaneal apophysitis, which is similar as Osgood-Schlater’s Disease. I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist to get an X-ray and full evaluation.

    If it is not Sever’s Disease it can still be an Achilles tendonitis which if that is the case then sometimes a camwalker, heel lifts and calf stretching are prescribed. I would ice the heel and put a heel lift in both of your son’s shoes until you are able to see a Podiatrist.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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