About Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is a common problem for older children and teenagers. It usually happens during puberty and when a child is growing a lot and his or her leg bones get longer: Growing Pains!
Osgood-Schlatter’s disease can happen in one or both legs. Your child can ease the pain by resting or limiting sports and activities that put pressure on the knee. Alternatively, we may be able to treat the pain through:
- Sports rehabilitation
- Insoles or orthotics
- Biomechanical or gait analysis
A consultation with our foot health specialists will suggest the best solution for your child.
Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
This problem causes pain and swelling in the shin bone below the knee (patella) or irritation of the growth plate at the top of the shin bone. It can happen in one or both legs. The pain may come and go and in some cases, it lasts more than a year. The pain often gets worse with running, jumping, and going upstairs. It usually stops when your child stops growing a lot. After it stops, your child may have a painless bump on his or her bones but it doesn’t cause lasting problems.