Paediatrics / Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is the common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. Inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shin bone.

  • WHAT IS OSGOOD-SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • Common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents
    • Inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shin bone
    • It causes pain, tenderness and swelling just below the knee, and down the shin
    • More common in boys experiencing a growth spurt during their pre-teen or teenage years
    • Activities with large amounts of running and jumping – such as football, basketball or gymnastics
  • WHAT CAUSES OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • The pull of large muscles in your thigh (quadriceps) put excess strain the growth plate of the shin bone (tibia)
    • Activities such as running and jumping are can increase pain experienced as the area has become inflamed
    • Poor lower leg biomechanics and overload/imbalance of certain lower limb muscles can contribute to development of Osgood Schlatter’s
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • potential concerns
    • Full comprehensive assessment of the lower limb will be performed to assist the podiatrist in making the correct decision for best treatment
    • Modifications in activity levels – such as decreasing sporting participation, reducing amount of running/jumping, and avoiding deep knee bending until the pain has ceased
    • Anti-inflammatory medications or creams if necessary
    • Strengthening exercise program
    • Stretching exercise program
  • WHAT IS OSGOOD-SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • Common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents
    • Inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shin bone
    • It causes pain, tenderness and swelling just below the knee, and down the shin
    • More common in boys experiencing a growth spurt during their pre-teen or teenage years
    • Activities with large amounts of running and jumping – such as football, basketball or gymnastics
  • WHAT CAUSES OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • The pull of large muscles in your thigh (quadriceps) put excess strain the growth plate of the shin bone (tibia)
    • Activities such as running and jumping are can increase pain experienced as the area has become inflamed
    • Poor lower leg biomechanics and overload/imbalance of certain lower limb muscles can contribute to development of Osgood Schlatter’s
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE?
    • potential concerns
    • Full comprehensive assessment of the lower limb will be performed to assist the podiatrist in making the correct decision for best treatment
    • Modifications in activity levels – such as decreasing sporting participation, reducing amount of running/jumping, and avoiding deep knee bending until the pain has ceased
    • Anti-inflammatory medications or creams if necessary
    • Strengthening exercise program
    • Stretching exercise program

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