Definition: Though it's one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents, it's not really a disease but rather an overuse injury. Although it can be quite painful, it will usually resolve within 12 to 24 months. Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage, and/or tendon at the top of the shinbone (tibia), where the tendon from the kneecap (patella) attaches. Most often only one knee is affected.
Function: The function of the bony protuberance of the shin bone (below the knee) is to provide a place for the attachment of the patella tendon (which comes from the thigh muscles and knee cap).
Custom made Orthotics can be an effective method to reduce your knee discomfort as they are designed to redistribute and load the foot in a different way in order to decrease stress on the knee structures. Pedorthists use interventions such as supporting your medial/inside arch to reduce internal rotation of the tibia/shin bone. Proper footwear is also pivotal to your recovery. Footwear that is properly fitted to encourage proper function of the shin bone may be helpful. Talk to aFoot by Foot Pedorthist about proper footwear choices for you.