I am 15 years old with severe osgood schlatters disease

Patient : I am 15 years old with severe osgood schlatters disease in both knees that has already gone on for a year. I play cross country and track for my high school. The first year I had it It hurt a lot but I just thought it was normal so I suffered through the pain and wore simple braces while running. I have it again this year but ALOT more severe. It is so bad that during, following, and a while after running it hurts to the point that I can't walk normally and it throbs even when I am just sitting down. Both of my knees are extremely swollen and the swelling is starting to restrict the length of my stride. The pain Is severe and is starting to spread down to the top of my shins. I am continuing and want to continue to run so I can stay on my team and finish off the season, since it is something that someone can just run through. I've read a lot about it online and some websites say full time braces or casts are recommended when it is severe and some websites say it doesn't help, I personally don't think it would help. What is your opinion on this? I am considering taking this action over the summer when off season but want to know if it would even help first. Thank you for your time
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