Osteochondroses and Apophyseal Injuries of the Foot in the Young Athlete

Gillespie, Heather

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181f19488
Extremity Conditions: Section Articles

With an increase in involvement in sports activities by children and adolescents, there has been a concomitant increase in both acute and overuse injuries. The pediatric skeleton lends itself to injuries unique to the young athlete, including various apophysites and osteochondroses. It is important for primary care and sports physicians treating the athlete to be aware of normal and abnormal variations in the pediatric skeleton, as well as common sites of injury in the pediatric foot. This article provides an overview of some of the most common skeletal foot injuries in the pediatric athlete, including Freiberg's infraction, Sever's disease, Kohler's disease, os navicularis, and Iselin's disease.

Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Address for correspondence: Heather Gillespie, M.D., M.P.H., Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, 10833 Le Conte Ave, 50-080 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1683 (E-mail: hgillespie@mednet.ucla.edu).

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