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Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood Schlatter’s is inflammation of the growth plates of the tibia (lower leg bone) caused by either growth spurt, physical activity or poor biomechanics.

During the growth spurts of adolescence, the tibia may grow quicker than the patella tendon attached to it, resulting in strain and inflammation of the patella tendon at its attachment to the tibia and kneecap. With physical activity, differences in the size and strength of the quadriceps muscle can place more stress on the growth plate near the top of the tibia. The growth plate is weaker and more prone to injury than other parts of the bone. As a result, it can become irritated during physical stress and overuse.

Symptoms:

  • Pain at the front of the knee.
  • A painful lump under the
  • Pain often occurs on one knee but can affect both knees.
  • Pain usually comes on during or immediately following exercise such as running, jumping, squatting, walking up and down stairs.
  • Pain improves with rest.

Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease is typically diagnosed in adolescents at the beginning of their growth spurts. Growth spurts usually start between ages 8 and 13 for girls, and between ages 10 and 15 for boys. It occurs commonly in boys than girls. 

Osgood Schlatter’s Disease Diagnosis and Treatment at Mint Footcare

At Mint Foot Care Podiatry, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history, performing a biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis. The podiatrist may prescribe diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and bone scans.

Based on the findings a combination of treatment options may be prescribed including:

  • Rest and Ice – keeping off the foot and reducing activity prevents further injury and encourages healing. Ice can reduce inflammation, swelling and symptoms.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories drugs
  • Footwear
  • Short-term rest from sports.
  • Custom orthotics.
  • Heel raises.
  • Prescribed stretches for the quadriceps and/or hamstring muscles.
  • Training modifications.

Bow Legs (Genu Varum)

Bow legs, also known as genu varum is an outward curving of the lower legs that can be observed when the child stands with their feet together. With bow legs, there is a distinct space between the lower legs and knee. It is commonly seen in children from birth to about 2-3 years of age. At this age, it is normal for children to have bowed legs, so there is usually no need for concern.

In some circumstances, children do not outgrow their bow legs, and it can lead to pain and discomfort in the ankles, hips or knees. Bow legs can also be associated with underlying causes such as a lack of vitamin D, trauma, or growth disorders such as Blount’s disease.

Bow Leg Assessment and Treatment at Mint Footcare

At Mint Foot Care, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history and undergo a thorough observation. We also perform a biomechanical assessment.

Based on the findings, a combination of treatment options may be prescribed including:

If bow legs are left untreated, it can result in osteoarthritis or trouble walking as the child ages, so please get in touch with our team at Mint Footcare and book in a podiatry appointment with us if you are concerned about bow legs in your child.

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