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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Knock Knees (Overview)

-when the legs seem 2 look straight down 2 the knees, then the lower legs angle outward.


Dr. Richard Roberts
76 doctors shared insights

Knock Knees (Overview)

-when the legs seem 2 look straight down 2 the knees, then the lower legs angle outward.


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What does it mean to have knocked knees?

What does it mean to have knocked knees?

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. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How to treat knock knees for a teenager?

How to treat knock knees for a teenager?

See an orthopaedist: Specifically a pediatric orthopaedist. If the child's growth plates are still open, a small surgery called guided growth can help correct the patient during growth. If they are no longer growing, the only option to "fix" the problem is an osteotomy (cutting of the bones). ...Read more

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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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What is knock knee treatment?

What is knock knee treatment?

Depends on symptoms: If it's an adult, this is not pathological unless it is cause by arthritic wear down of the knee. In this case it is treated with knee replacement surgery or lateral unloaded bracing. In a child with a growth plate injury, surgical treatment has several options and is best discussed with pediatric orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can I cure knock knees ?

How can I cure knock knees ?

Genu valgum: Genu valgum is the medical term for knock knees. If it's bothering you, check out http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1259772-overview to get a sense of your options. If non-surgical options aren't enough, get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi i'm 17 and i've always had knock knees. Is there a surgery that can be performed or some other kind of treatment that can correct this?

Hi i'm 17 and i've always had knock knees. Is there a surgery that can be performed or some other kind of treatment that can correct this?

Rarely necessary: Knock-knees is also called genu valgus. Although this can be a contributing factor in some knee and other lower extremity conditions, it rarely requires surgery unless severe. You are also skeletally mature at age 17 as a female, and thus, it's unlikely that these "knock knees" will increase in the next couple of decades. The most important thing you can do is stay fit ; stay at a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Are bow legs and "knock" knees genetic or just the result of poor dietary habits?

Are bow legs and "knock" knees genetic or just the result of poor dietary habits?

They could be normal: Most children are born bowlegged and remain that way until about age two or three. At that point, they develop the knock kneed configuration, which persists until about age six.Bowleg can be caused by rickets blount's disease , trauma a fracture healing incorrectly, and genetic bone growth abnormalities.Knock knees usually develops as part of normal growth, but it may also be due to a disease ...Read more

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