|MadSci Network: Medicine|
Whitney, I am not a foot specialist, but here's what I do know. All bones, including the many small bones in the feet, have growth areas called Epiphyses, or growth plates. These areas, usually the distal ends in long bones, are soft, spongey areas of honeycombed bone cells(Osteoblasts) and vascular tissue(capillaries). The growth plates remain soft and in a constant state of growth and expansion until we stop our major growth period, around 21 years of age. Unfortunately it is possible to break and injure this part of your bone, wherever that bone may be, and it may adversely affect the way your bones finally set in relation to one another. Since you are still growing, however, it shouldn't take more than two months for it to heal. For this reason, it is not a good idea for young people to participate in activities that cause heavy impacting of the growth plates, like football or basketball. It can literally stunt your growth and make you shorter than you might possibly be. Also, it can give you chronic arthritis and pain in your joints that will haunt you the rest of your life. Ask any Gymnast. Did I answer your question ?
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