Osgood-Schlatter disease can be a painful and frustrating condition
Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition that affects the knee, specifically the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts into the tibia. It is common in young athletes, especially those involved in sports that require running, jumping, and rapid changes of direction. The following are the treatments for Osgood-Schlatter disease in podiatry:
- Rest: The first step in treating Osgood-Schlatter disease is to rest the affected knee. The patient may need to take a break from sports or activities that aggravate the condition.
- Ice: Applying ice to the affected knee can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The patient should apply ice for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Stretching: Gentle stretching exercises can help relieve tightness in the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, which can contribute to Osgood-Schlatter disease.
- Custom orthotics: A podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to help redistribute pressure on the knee and provide support to the affected area, helping to promote healing.
Osgood-Schlatter disease can be a painful and frustrating condition, especially for young athletes who are passionate about their sports. It is important to understand that rest and proper treatment are crucial to the healing process. As podiatrists, our goal is to provide personalised care and support to help patients recover from Osgood-Schlatter disease.