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Apophysitis and Osteochondrosis

Apophysitis and osteochondrosis are common causes of pain in growing bones, often affecting children and teenagers. Apophysitis happens when growth plates, the areas where bones grow, become irritated from overuse or stress, sometimes affecting the feet. Osteochondrosis occurs when the bone underneath a joint's cartilage does not get enough blood, leading to pain and inflammation. These conditions usually occur during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, and tendons are rapidly changing. Activities like running, jumping, or participating in sporting activities can put extra stress on these growing areas. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and tenderness near the affected bone or joint. The pain might worsen with activity and improve with rest. Treatment involves resting the affected area. Stretching and strengthening exercises, guided by a podiatrist, can also help. If your child is suffering from any kind of foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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