X-ray shows a more serious case of Osgood-Schlatter disease where bone fragment is seen separating away from tibia.
INTRODUCTION TO OSGOOD-SCHLATTER DISEASE
Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common cause of knee pain in young children and adolescents who are still growing. In this condition there is pain and swelling below the knee joint on a prominence on the leg bone (tibia) called the tibial tuberosity.
Risk increases with certain factors:
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO
WHAT THE CHIROPODIST/ FAMILY DOCTOR WILL DO
Use heat to relieve pain. Warm compresses, heating pads, warm whirlpool baths, heat lamps, diathermy or ultrasound are effective.
Ice applications may help.
Use a cushioned knee pad.
For minor discomfort, you may use non-prescription drugs such as paracetamol (ask your doctor before use).
Your doctor may prescribe cortisone injections, if other treatment fails. Cortisone injections may weaken tendons, so it is better to give the condition more time to heal than to use them.
Resting the affected leg is the most important treatment.
May require crutches, leg cast or splint, or an elastic knee brace that prevents the knee from bending fully. The child should not participate in sports during treatment. This is temporary, and normal activity can be resumed when inflammation subsides, but treatment often requires 2 to 6 months.
Avoid jumping activities and activities that cause pain to the leg.
No special diet, unless the child is overweight. Ask your doctor about a weight reduction diet.
If you have any doubts about your child's foot health visit a chiropodist or podiatrist for a evaluation.
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