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Osgood Schlatter Disease

Osgood Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common reason for knee pain in developing adolescents. It is the inflammation and irritation of the area just below the knee; where the patella tendon in the knee attaches to the shinbone. It most often occurs during puberty with growth spurts, when bones, ligaments and muscles are rapidly changing.

Physical activities such as sports, running, jumping or squatting can put added stress onto the bones and rest can alleviate the symptoms. Generally, stretching and strengthening exercises and over-the-counter medication will reduce pain and allow participation in daily activities.

Symptoms
The symptoms are generally brought on by jumping, running, and sporting activities. Both knees can have symptoms, but one knee may be worse than the other.

  • pain in one or both knees
  • pain when straightening the knee or squatting
  • pain when running or walking
  • pain that eases with rest
  • swelling

Treatment
Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease aims to reduce pain and swelling. This normally involves reducing exercise and sporting activity until your child notices a reduction of pain irritation during or afterwards.

Your doctor may recommend additional treatment methods, including:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Icing
  • Rest
  • Stretching exercise

In some rare cases, once growth has ended surgery might be needed

At Mint Foot Care our Podiatrists can conduct a thorough assessment to develop the best treatment plan for you. Contact us on 1300 975 980 or visit us in clinic today.

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