Osgood Schlatters Syndrome

March 24, 2019

You were great at helping me resolve IT band issues a few years ago.

My son has just been diagnosed with Osgood Schlatters Syndrome, but he is a keen runner/triathlete.

Would he be better off with a more cushioned running shoe or will it not make any difference?



March 24, 2019

Hello Simon

OS develops when your son starts to grow and at the junction where his patella tendon meets his shin bone bow becomes overstretched and painful because he’s grown.

Anything that allows that area to settle down is good – so cushioned shoes would be good.


If your son has really flat feet and poor balance then sometimes taking away foot control (due to a cushioned sole) can increase his symptoms.

Instead you should get him a pair of good, supported and comfortable shoes and really get him working on improving his single leg balance…and don’t stretch him too much, if at all!

After all he is growing and doesn’t need to be stretched further.

The Guru

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