Achilles apophysitis, also known as the growth plate inflammation, refers to the calcaneal apophysis inflammation. This disease often affects children (aged from 10 to 14), especially those active children.
Achilles apophysitis causes the posterior heel pain, especially when the patient participate in sport activities, such as running or jumping. Other symptoms may include mild swelling, calcaneal enlargement or walking difficulty.
The cause may be due to overuse or repeated trauma. Sport activities tend to cause shear stress, which leads to calcaneal apophysitis. The pain often limits the patient's sport activities, and if left untreated, it may also affect simple daily activities.