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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.


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Should i get surgery for over pronation of my ankles? Causes knocked knees, muscle pain, hips to pop, and lower back pain. Tried inserts & therapy.

Should i get surgery for over pronation of my ankles? Causes knocked knees, muscle pain, hips to pop, and lower back pain. Tried inserts & therapy.

Surgery: Isn't the only option in this case i would try an AFO which is a brace or custom orthotics. Exhaust all conservative treatment before surgery. ...Read more

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.


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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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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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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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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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What is done for knock knees?

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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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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How to straighten knock knees ?

How to straighten knock knees ?

Knock knee: or genu Valgum can be treated with exercises and PT, if it needs to be treated at all. Sometimes its familial and requires no treatment ...Read more

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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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What can someone do about my knock knees?

What can someone do about my knock knees?

Depending on the sy-: mptoms and findings on examination as well as the XRs of the knees,
Your surgeon will be discussing the types of surgery he thinks U would benefit from. There are HTO ( High Tibial osteotmies) or Total Knee replacement to correct the KK deformity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to correct my knock-knees?

Find the cause: At 45, you need to find the cause. If it's from collapsed arches, then orthotics may help. If it'f from arthritis, then potentially knee replacements may help realign them. If they are the way you have always been, and they aren't causing you problems, then leaving them alone may be the best option. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have knock knees?

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. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to straighten knock knees ?

Only surgery: Only surgery can straighten knock knees but is rarely needed. Depends upon symptoms, treatment failure, etc. I rec eval from ortho doc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Knock knees?

What is the definition or description of: Knock knees?

Knock knees is -: -when the legs seem 2 look straight down 2 the knees, then the lower legs angle outward. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a severe case of knock knees, how can they be fixed?

What to do if I have a severe case of knock knees, how can they be fixed?

Surgery: Surgical treatment discussion with an orthopedic surgeon would be optimal. Imaging studies are likely to be done to identify the cause. ...Read more

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What amount can insoles help to correct inwardly bent knees (knock knees)?

Depends: If your knock knees are being caused to some degree by flat feet, then shoe arch support insoles may be helpful. Many people have flat feet and it doesn't bother them at all.Others have flat feet that cause their ankles to roll inwards (over pronation) and result in foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back pain.Consider seeing physical therapist.See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001262.Htm. ...Read more

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23 year old female with knock knees all my life what can I do to correct it?

23 year old female with knock knees all my life what can I do to correct it?

See an Orthopaedist: Many females have a mild to moderate "knock-knee" or valgus alignment at their knees. This may be due to the natural alignment of your knees- but may also be influenced by the development of your hips. An orthopaedic evaluation with x-rays is the best place to start to help identify if their is a true problem and recommend treatment to help. ...Read more

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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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What do you suggest if I have a severe case of knock knees, how can they be fixed?

What do you suggest if I have a severe case of knock knees, how can they be fixed?

Knock knee: or genu Valgum can be treated with exercises and PT, if it needs to be treated at all. Sometimes its familial and requires no treatment ...Read more

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How can knock knees be corrected without surgery?

How can knock knees be corrected without surgery?

Cannot: May be able to unload joints using unloader braces. This will not permanantly correct the problem. Severe knock knees can lead to early arthritis. Surgical correction generally includes gradual correction with an external fixator. Acute correction can lead to nerve problems. In older adults with degenerative disease, knee arthroplasty is performed. ...Read more

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Can I fix knock knees without surgery at age 17?

Can I fix knock knees without surgery at age 17?

No: You are done growing at that age so no nonsurgical treatments will change your bone and me alignment. The bigger question is are you having problems with it? There is a variation of normal among people in unless you're having problems I would not worry about it. If you are having difficulty you should seek an orthopedic surgeon and a major surgery would be required to realign your legs. This is usually not necessary. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need surgery to fix my knock knees?

Do you think I'll need surgery to fix my knock knees?

Depends: This depends on the cause...if you were born with knock knees typically surgery is not done to correct this, especially at this age. If arthritis is the cause, then depending on the severity, knee replacements can be done to correct this. I recommend you see an orthopedist or sports medicine doctor to determine the next step. ...Read more