Growth plates are areas of cartilage located at the ends of growing bones. They are the last area of a child or adolescents bone to harden. Because the ends of bone are not hardened, a child that is very active can damage the area and it can cause quite a bit of pain. The two most common conditions we see are Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (pain in knee) and Sever’s Disease (pain in foot). Most parents have no idea a treatment exists for these conditions.