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Knock Knees Treatment Adults
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
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
I have flat feet and knock knees but it's never been picked up until recently, what are the treatments?
Usually foot support: If you have fatigue or pain, and you are already wearing appropriate shoes, foot supports (orthoses) can be helpful in reducing abnormal flattening of the arches (pronation) which can cause increased strain on the insides of the knees. See a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more
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
Alignment issue: You cannot cure genu valgum with exercises. This is an alignment issue. Some people, however, have increasing genu valgum over time. This is typically a result of progressive arthritis in the outer half of their knees with possible stretching on the medial (inner) collateral ligament. ...Read more
How many ways of operation there is to correct genua valga (knock knees) in adults? How large the scar will be?
Talk to orthopedics: You should really talk to your orthopedic surgeon about this. Find an Orthopod you trust, I would even get a second opinion if I was still uncomfortable. As far as the scar that is the least of the worries. ...Read more
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
I have knock knees at age 17 (no arthritis). Will fixing the deformity without arthritis heal better than someone who has arthritis?
I have a brother who is 15 years old. He has mild knock knees, and he wants to know how to correct them without the use of surgery. What can he do?
Not much: If your brother still has some growth left, it is possible as he grows it will correct. Braces are cumbersome and don't have much of an affect. Surgery is the only real fix for it, but would traditionally not be done for a mild case. There is really nothing non- operative that is effective. ...Read more
Knock knees is -: -when the legs seem 2 look straight down 2 the knees, then the lower legs angle outward. ...Read more
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
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
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
No: There is no proven exercise regimen for this correction at this age. ...Read more
Yes: The technical term for knock knees is genuine valgum. Correction of the deformity will straighten the leg and make the vertical distance of your leg, therefore making you taller. The main exception to this is if your surgeon does a closing wedge osteotimy, then bone is removed from the leg and then height gain would be negligible. ...Read more
Doubtful: Unless you pronate rather severely it is doubtful.. ...Read more
Valgus deformity: Knock knees, or valgus deformity, is generally an inherited condition that cannot be corrected without major surgery. The surgery is generally not recommended to correct it for cosmetic reasons. People can help improve the function of their knees when they have this condition by doing some physical therapy. This can strengthen certain muscles that start in the hip and pelvis. ...Read more
Maybe: The expected pattern is for kids to be a little bow legged at 1-2, somewhat, knock need at 4 an d getting straighter by six or so. ...Read more
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