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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
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