OSGOOD SCHALTERS DISEASE
What is Osgood Schalters Disease?
An irritation and inflammation of the growth plate (apophysis) at the top of the leg bone (tibial tubercle), where the patella tendon inserts. In a child, the bones grow from areas called growth plates. The growth plate is made up of cartilage cells, which are softer and more vulnerable to injury than mature bone.
Symptoms of Osgood Schalters Disease
- Inflammation at the insertion of patella tendon
- Pain at the insertion of the patella tendon
- Pain with exercise
- Pain with squatting or bending of the knee
Causes of Osgood Schalters Disease
- Periods of growth
- Muscle tightness, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves
- Rolling in of the feet (pronation)
- Between 10-15 years of age
- Patella alta (bottom edge of knee cap is displaced forward)
When to see a podiatrist?
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Treatment for Osgood Schalters Disease
- Prescription orthotics
- Correct footwear
- Training on soft surfaces
- Pain management
- Stretching of correct muscles (no bouncing stretches)
- Warming up before exercise
Is Osgood Schalters Disease covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether your children’s treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.