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is genu valgum the same as "knock-knees"?

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
I suppose: Genu simply knee and valgus is the deformity that means the lower part (toward the ankle) is jutting to the outside. I believe that this is the more scientific name for "knock-knees". The opposite deformity, genu varum, would be when the knees are bowed to the outside and one has the proverbial "can't catch a pig in a ditch" problem. Both problems lead to uneven loading of the knee.

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