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i need help! how do i know if i have knock knees?

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Dr. Kenneth Zygmunt
Podiatry 40 years experience
Knock knees: Stand erect and bring your legs together, your knees and ankles should touch. If your knees touch but there is space between your ankles you have a form of knock knees. If your ankles touch but your knees don't you may be bowlegged.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Any benefit from knock knees?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Unfortunately not: Normal knee alignment spreads the forces of weightbearing evenly across both sides of the knee. Unfortunately, knock knees (aka valgus knees) and bowlegged knees (aka varus knees) overloads the lateral side (outside) and the medial side (inside), respectively. This overload can cause early wear of the cartilage as well as causing dysfunction of the patellofemoral joint (kneecap).
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my knock knees? Any treatments?

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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 31 years experience
Do they hurt?: "knock knees" or genu valgum usually stems from your anatomic built which can only be changed with osteotomies (breaking and realigning bones), reserved for severe symptomatic cases. Pt to strengthen the leg muscles can be helpful but won't change your bone alignment orthotics can also provide subtle changes to your mechanics.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can be done for knocked knees?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Exercise, modality: It depends on the cause. Then one can design an exercise program. In extreme case splinting can be done. It depends on your age, health status, etc. Would be very careful about surgical suggestions.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have knocked knees?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Knocked Knees: It is a condition in which knees angle in and touch each other when the legsare straightened and there is inability to touch the feet together.The condition is called genu valgum.Mild cases in children correct by itself and otherwise there is no cure except in severe cases surgery called osteostomy can correct it, it is only cosmetic and may affect athletic activities in future and is controversial.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is done for knock knees?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Usually nothing: However it depends on severity. Severe knock knees can lead to early arthritis due to overload of one side of the joint. It may be treated in these cases with an osteotomy i realign the bones in a more favorable position. Often this is done gradually with external fixation to avoid nerve injury.

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