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Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Kid’s Knee Pain)

What is Osgood Schlatters Disease?
Osgood Schlatters disease causes inflammation to either the bone, cartilage and/or the tendon at the top of the shin bone, which is where the tendons of the kneecap is attached. This is a common cause of knee pain in children usually between the ages of 10 to 15 years old or young athletes. It usually occurs due to a period of rapid growth, combined with high level of physical activity and is more an over use injury than a disease.   Osgood-Schlatter Disease usually clears up when children stop growing and their tendons are stronger but in some cases it can persist into adulthood.



  • Pain that gets worse with physical activity.relief from pain with rest
  • Tenderness or swelling under the knee or over the shinbone.
  • limping after physical activity
  • Tightness of the hamstring or quadriceps


Treatment Options:

  • It is important to rest and only do as much physical activity without causing pain to the affected leg.
  • Avoid weight bearing exercises and reduce exercise sessions.
  • Ice the affected knee particularly after exercising. Ice should be applied three times a day for up to 10-15 minutes.
  • Stretching the quadriceps muscles gently will help with loosening the music tendons.
  • You may be provided a patella knee strap or be taught a tendon taping technique to help reduce the tension on the knee.
  • It is important to talk to your podiatrist about managing the condition and the importance of not over training during the healing process.
  • Your podiatrist may use sport massage techniques to stretch the muscles



Often the abnormal knee function is due to the way the foot functions. A pronated foot type (flat feet) foot causes the lower leg to rotate slightly inward. This causes the patellar tendon to pull in an abnormal direction where it attaches in front of the knee causing damage to the growth plate in this area. If this is the cause of the problem then orthotics can corrects the underlying foot condition that is affecting the lower leg and knee. A podiatrist trained in the use of functional orthotics should be able to evaluate the cause of the problem and if it is caused by abnormal foot function adequately treat the condition.