Here’s some feedback on the boy with the traction apophysitis. Did you think the overuse was extreme? What did you think of the training routine?
Firstly, he has wonderful parents! They have followed my advice to wear shoes and avoid all activities that cause stretching of the Achilles tendon. Secondly,they have been surfing the Internet to find out more about the condition. They showed the youngster pictures and explained the reasons why he has to take it easy. This means that he understands that time spent recovering now will enable him to participate again when the condition settles. Thirdly, they have stopped all sport at school.
Fourthly and this is the best bit. His father tells me that he asked his son to rate the pain. If the pain was rated as a 10 when he saw the podiatrist what is the rating today? About 2 or 3 says the boy.
In our sports mad country its refreshing to get such team work going.
At this stage it is imposible to say how long healing will take, but the initial response of the foot to simple rest and supportive footwear is encouraging. Rehabilitation will be very important; in the form of stretching very carefully, accompanied by orthotics or simple insoles.
Traction apophysitis does heal and all the better it seems with lots of TLC (Tender Loving Care).
Keep looking for the full case history – its nearly finished
P.S. Tune in to Talk Radio 702 17 February 19.00