Osgood Schlatter disease
Welcome to our “Conditions We Help” page, where we aim to educate and help those who suffer from foot-related pain. Today, we will be discussing Osgood Schlatter disease, a condition that affects many young athletes and active children.
Osgood Schlatter disease is a painful condition that occurs when the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone becomes inflamed. It commonly affects children and adolescents who are going through growth spurts, particularly those who play sports that involve a lot of running, jumping, or sudden changes in direction.
The causes of Osgood Schlatter disease are not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to overuse or repetitive stress on the patellar tendon. Factors that may increase the risk of developing this condition include a sudden increase in physical activity, tight muscles or tendons, and poor flexibility or muscle strength.
In Ireland and the UK, Osgood Schlatter disease is a prevalent condition that affects many young athletes. Studies have shown that up to 21% of adolescent athletes may experience this condition.
Parents can take steps to help their children avoid developing Osgood Schlatter disease. Here are some tips:
- Encourage your child to warm up and stretch before engaging in physical activity.
- Make sure your child has proper footwear that provides good support and shock absorption.
- Ensure that your child is using the correct technique when engaging in sports or other physical activities.
- Encourage your child to take breaks and rest when they feel pain or discomfort.
For those who already have Osgood Schlatter disease, there are ways to reduce the pain associated with the condition. By distributing the pressure more evenly throughout the feet and reducing stress on the knee, arch support and the correct type of footwear can help the problem.
Here are some tips:
- Wear shoes that provide good arch support and cushioning to reduce impact on the knees.
- Stretch the quadriceps and hamstrings regularly to improve flexibility.
- Use ice or heat therapy to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, such as jumping or running.
In conclusion, Osgood Schlatter disease can be a painful condition that affects many young athletes and active children. With the right prevention strategies and treatment methods, it is possible to manage the pain and reduce the risk of further injury. At Step Right, we are dedicated to helping people with foot-related pain and providing them with the support and education they need to live a pain-free life.