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osgood schlaughter (spellng?) disease in feet…..

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my son is 14 1/2, just been told he has this osgood slaughter disease, he is very very very active and his feet have been hurting for two years.
two podiatrists gave him orthotics previously – the first podiatrist took xrays but never said a word, he was a quack anyways, they didnt even charge us for the orthodics…
the podiatrist we have seen in may didnt take xrays but said that he would need surgery because both of michael’s feet had an extra bone and something about stetching or extending some of his other muscles (?).. (not best desc..) i took him to a new GP doctor so i could get him referred to a different podiatrist, my GP dr had xrays taken, called me tonite said michael has osgood schlaughter disease in both feet (inside) and something similar in his back lower muscles or something like that.
i didnt write things down and all that dr. talk got confusing!…
like i said, the previous podiatrists gave michael orthodics, but of course they dont stop the pain.
i am concerned about what will and shoulod happen.
have new podiatrist appt next tues (14th)..
why can’t i find anything on the web about osgood s. disease in the FEET?..
and if this is accurate, then what is usually the best treatment etc?
my GP dr told me to expect physical therapy and to probably take a year off of sports to let himself heal.. he mentioned what prob happened is since he is so active and has hurt his ankles, etc so many times, they just didnt heal enough before he got back out there.
does this seem right?
ANY info would be VERY much appreciated.
carol

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  1. Cynthia,Don’t belive your doctor. This is not growing pains. I have had the disease since age 11 and am now facing a total knee replacement at age 49. Yes, ice helps but so does moist heat. Note I said moist heat not dry heat! And I hate to say this but sports are not good for the problem.I suggest your daughter see another doctor. Perferably someone who knows about the disease and specializes in the treatment of arthritis.The disease is not herditary. No one in my immediate family has it nor did any of my grandparents. The disease is caused by a virual infection.Good luck

  2. I was diagnosed with this disease when I was 12 it was sensative to the age of 20 it only hurts after that if it was bumped against something im now 45 I just have a bump and can’t neel on it for long periods of time,I remember my doctor telling me it would go away within a month.

    • I’ve had it since I was about 14 as well. It was supposedly supposed to go away in a year or three. I’m 18 now.. and it hasn’t gotten a single bit better. However, recently I discovered a couple people who have recovered from the disease naturally, so I haven’t given up hope.

  3. : How i discovered that something wasn’t right was, after any strenuous activity, my knees would be tender, espescially if i bumped the front of them. Then a rather large bump developed under my knee cap that was soft to the touch, and was slightly sore when touched but still tender after any heavy activity with my legs. My doctor told me the bump would eventually harden a bit but would probably never go away, which it hasn’t and i am 35 now. : I do still have a little soreness after heavy physical activity, but nothing like when i was younger. It never did slow me down too much as a kid, i just learned to avoid bumping my knee on anything when it was sore, and I am still a very active adult.I am 15 years old and I have had it since I was 13 years old or younger in both knees and went threw 3 bottles of oscon, nothing happened, and I still have it just as bad. Can you give me any advice? I used to play football, bball, and track but now im not sure to start playing again or wait till it goes way and i have a feeling its not gonna.

  4. I was diognoised with the disease at age 13 i am now 16 and its hard to play sports so i am now resting it but it feels like it just seems that its getting worse

  5. I am a 30 year old female that also has this disease and I was dignosed with it when I was about 4 years old.While I was growing up, they told me not to play sports, not to ride a bike, jump, squat, or any thing like that if it would put a strain on my knee. Well, just like any other child would, I didn’t listen. I played softball for 18 years, I was in gymnastics for 6 years, I use to ballet, and until last summer, I teached country line dancing for 3 years. Now, I can’t hardly even walk around without it either locking up, giving out on me or just hurting so bad that I won’t get up on it.The doctor’s here in Columbus Indiana swore that it would go away as I grew older and as it didn’t go away, they then swore that there was no way that it could possibly be osgood schlatter disease (you only get it as a child and then it goes away).YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!About 5 years ago, I had a torn cartlidge in the same knee and I had to have it removed. The doctor that done my surgery done some exploring into the extra bone in my knee. Come to find out, yes it is osgood schlatter disease and it is rare to see it in an adult of 25 and up. The more and the more that he explored, the more that he learned about this disease.If you do not grow out of it as a child, it then turns in to a detearatting disease. (I can’t spell that word but your bone goes away, the good bones.) and that it is a hereditary disease.AND THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT!Just a couple of years ago, more and more part of my bone had vanished. Now, they are saying that by the age of me being 35 years old, THAT’S ONLY 5 YEARS AWAY, that I will not be able to walk again.See I have it in both of my knee’s but the right knee is so much more advanced. The left knee has very little trouble and pain, nothing like what I have in my right knee.The extra bone (that’s what I call it) is now bigger than ever but it is starting to show in my knee where part of it is just not there anymore.My Aunt has the same thing and she had the extra bone removed and it grew back so there is no reason for you to do this. That would be so stupid and now she has more pain in it than she had before. My Aunt is 57 years old and she is almost to the part where she has to have a cain to walk around. I am 30 years old and they say that I almost to her stage of the disease. That I am advancing 10 times quicker than normal.LOOK PEOPLE – I AM SCARED. 5 YEARS ISN’T TOO LONG FROM NOW. I DON’T WANT TO BE WHERE I CAN’T WALK ANYMORE. I AM TOO HYPER-ACTIVE.IF ANY ONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO, WHO TO CONTACT, SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO HELP, HOW TO STOP THE PAIN, OR ANY KIND OF SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT BEDROCKERS73@YAHOOI WOULD EVEN GO FAR ENOUGH TO BE A GINNI PIG FOR A DOCTOR TO SEE IF THEY CAN SAVE MY LEG AND THEN EVENTUALLY LEGS. I WOULD TRY ANYTHING TO GET THE PAIN TO STOP. I BEAT ON MY KNEE UNTIL IT IS BLACK AND BLUE TO STOP THE PAIN.Please if any one can help me, I would really appreciate it so much. I AM SO SCARED.Thanks for your time.Kelly

  6. I was diagnosed with this in junior high at age 12 or 13. I was a very active kid playing lots of sports, particularly football. My doctor suggested that i sit out of any physical activity for a month or so. When i returned for a follow-up. He told be it was Osgood Slaughter Disease and that it usually meant that i would do some growing and get a little taller. How i discovered that something wasn’t right was, after any strenuous activity, my knees would be tender, espescially if i bumped the front of them. Then a rather large bump developed under my knee cap that was soft to the touch, and was slightly sore when touched but still tender after any heavy activity with my legs. My doctor told me the bump would eventually harden a bit but would probably never go away, which it hasn’t and i am 35 now. I do still have a little soreness after heavy physical activity, but nothing like when i was younger. It never did slow me down too much as a kid, i just learned to avoid bumping my knee on anything when it was sore, and I am still a very active adult.

  7. Osgood-Schlatter never is found in the feet, only at the top of the tibia. It usually leaves its “signature” of a bony bump just below the knee.Sever’s Disease is a related malady that occurs in the heel. I suggest that you take a look at http://www.osgood-schlatter for a successful group of products for treating Osgood-Schlatter disease.

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