As more children play more sports, they appear to be complaining of more aches and pains. And the more they play, the more stress and strain is put on the joints, especially the growth plates in the feet.
Long-term complications may exist as the young athletes gets older. The foot has growth plates in the toes, metatarsal bones, behind the toes, the midfoot and the heel. At the age of 16 years, growth plates are still fusing. If there is an injury it can effect the bone growth, due to the needed blood supply to the growing bone tissue.