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Osgood-Schlatters

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What is it?

Osgood-Schlatters disease (OSD) is a condition where a child develops inflammation at the top of the shin bone (tibia). This area contains a growth plate (where young bones grow and lengthen) and is also the site where the patella (knee cap) tendon attaches to the bone. OSD is an over-use injury and is common in puberty after a growth spurt and in children who are very sporty. The symptoms are often: stiffness in the morning (at the front of the knee), pain and swelling in the area and the child may start to limp if it progresses.

What can we do?

If your child is in pain then stopping or at least reducing activity level is the best first option. If they feel able, you may allow them to play some limited sports but if the pain continues or is severe, they need to stop.  It is then really important that you get this looked at by a podiatrist or physio who can guide you further.

When to see a Podiatrist?

The best thing to do is get this properly diagnosed in the first instance.

Your podiatrist will use clinical diagnosis (an x-ray is often not required) and can then offer the best treatment options moving forwards. Depending on their assessment, this may include total rest and activity modification, orthotic devices in their shoes, shock absorbing insoles  (if appropriate) alteration of or changes to footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises and also strapping.

Osgood-Schlatters
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Osgood-Schlatters