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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Knock Knees (Definition)

Knock knees, also known as genu valgum, is a clinical finding in which the knees are bent inwardly such that the knees touch. This can lead ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Judy
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What is an estimated cost for knock knee correction in an adult?

What is an estimated cost for knock knee correction in an adult?

Easily over $15,000.: Assuming the correction is medically necessary much of the cost may be covered by insurance. Total cost will include: surgeon's fee, hospital/surgical center fees, anesthesiologist fee, possible rehab stay, things like walkers, medications, etc. What the price for all this will depend on where you live. Studies show the same care has different costs in different regions or cities. ...Read more

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Dr. David Trettin
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Can adult knock knee get worse? The consensus on correction is only surgery. If the answer to the above question is yes, then why can't they improve?

Can adult knock knee get worse? The consensus on correction is only surgery.  If the answer to the above question is yes, then why can't they improve?

Yes: Adult genu valgus( 'knock- knees') especially associated w/ arthritis( more common in older adults) tends to progress more rapidly then genu varus( 'bowlegs')deformity and in older adults can lead to the knee(s) feeling 'unsteady'or 'wobbly'.Knee replacement is often advised for pain relief and 'straightening' the knee.Progression of deformity is due to biomechanics and 'looser' ligaments . GL! ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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What is knock knee?

What is knock knee?

See answer: Knock knees or genu valgum is a condition where the knees angle in and touch one another when the legs are straightened. ...Read more

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
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What is a knock knee?

What is  a knock knee?

Knock knee: Genu valgum, commonly called knock-knee, is a condition where the knees angle in and touch one another when the legs are straightened. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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23 years old female have knock knees all my life what can I do to correct it.

23 years old female have knock knees all my life what can I do to correct it.

Deformity persists: Knock knees or genu valgum usually is only corrected in adolescence when growth plates are still open. Hemiepiphysiodesis is performed of the medial aspect of the distal femur and proximal tibia. This alters growth to straighten the legs. In adult the surgery for correction would be complicated and not necessarily resolve deformity. ````````````````````. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
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What is done for knock knees?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Purchase
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Any benefit from knock knees?

Any benefit from knock knees?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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How can knock knee be treated?

How can knock knee be treated?

Possible osteotomy: To add to dr. Beuchel's answer, in some younger patients who do not have arthritis, and have meniscus deficiency, a varus producing femoral osteotomy is usually performed. An osteotomy is when the femur bone is cut above the knee and realigned me to make it straight. While it seems like a big deal, the surgery is well tolerated, and healing takes place in 3months or so. Surgery should be performed usually by a sports medicine orthopedist or knee specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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Is there any way to correct knock knees?

Is there any way to correct knock knees?

Surgery: Surgery will correct knock knees but is not needed very often. Depends upon symptoms and previous failed treatment. See your orthopedist for an eval. ...Read more

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Exercise (Definition)

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