Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Children’s Knee Pain

Children are active, and with activity comes the occasional ache or pain. One common cause of knee pain in active children is Osgood-Schlatter disease. At the Bankstown Podiatry and Injury Clinic, we specialise in diagnosing and treating this condition, providing children with the relief they need to continue their active lives. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into what Osgood-Schlatter disease is, its causes, symptoms, and the expert treatments offered at our clinic.

What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition that causes pain and swelling just below the knee on the front of the shin bone (tibia). It mainly affects active children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth, particularly those involved in sports that involve running and jumping. This condition is often associated with the pulling of the patellar tendon on the tibial tubercle, where the tendon attaches.

Causes of Osgood-Schlatter Disease

The primary cause of Osgood-Schlatter disease is the excessive stress placed on the patellar tendon during growth spurts. Other contributing factors include:

  1. Overuse: Repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and squatting can exacerbate the condition.
  2. Rapid Growth: During growth spurts, bones, muscles, and tendons may grow at different rates, leading to increased tension on the patellar tendon.
  3. Muscle Tightness: Tight quadriceps muscles can pull on the patellar tendon, worsening the symptoms.

Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Children with Osgood-Schlatter disease may experience the following symptoms:

  1. Knee Pain: Pain and tenderness just below the knee, especially during physical activities and sports.
  2. Swelling: The affected area may become swollen and inflamed.
  3. Lump or Bump: A bony bump may develop at the site where the patellar tendon attaches to the tibia.
  4. Pain Relief at Rest: Pain tends to decrease when the child is at rest.
  5. Worsening Pain: Symptoms can worsen with vigorous physical activity.

Expert Treatment Options

At Bankstown Podiatry and Injury Clinic, our experienced podiatrist Dr Bilal Khelladi offers a range of effective treatments for children with Osgood-Schlatter disease:

  1. Rest and Activity Modification: Reducing or modifying physical activities can alleviate stress on the affected area.
  2. Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises can help improve flexibility, strengthen surrounding muscles, and alleviate pain.
  3. Icing: Applying ice to the affected area after activity can help reduce inflammation and provide relief.
  4. Pain Relief Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain and inflammation.
  5. Orthotics: Custom orthotic inserts can provide proper support and alignment, reducing stress on the knee.
  6. Stretching and Strengthening: A personalized exercise regimen can help prevent muscle imbalances and reduce symptoms.

When to Seek Professional Care

If your child experiences persistent knee pain or exhibits symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease, seeking professional care is crucial. Our team of expert podiatrists at Bankstown Podiatry and Injury Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessments and personalized treatments to ensure your child’s comfort and well-being.


Osgood-Schlatter disease shouldn’t hinder your child’s active lifestyle. If your child is experiencing knee pain or you suspect Osgood-Schlatter disease, our team is here to help. Book an appointment today by calling (02) 9791 1790 or visiting our website. Trust the experts at Bankstown Podiatry and Injury Clinic to provide expert care and effective solutions for children’s knee pain. Your child’s health and happiness are our priority!

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