Genu Valgum


Genu valgum, commonly referred to as “knock knees,” is a condition characterized by inward angulation of the knees when standing with the feet together. At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of genu valgum, providing comprehensive care to patients to address this condition and restore normal alignment and function.

This condition can occur due to various factors, including genetic predisposition, skeletal growth abnormalities, or underlying medical conditions. Genu valgum is commonly seen in children during early growth stages, as the legs naturally undergo changes in alignment. However, persistent or severe genu valgum beyond childhood may require medical attention and intervention.

Symptoms of genu valgum may include an inward angulation of the knees when standing, with the ankles appearing to be farther apart than the knees. In some cases, individuals may experience knee pain, difficulty walking, or an awkward gait. Diagnosis of genu valgum typically involves a physical examination by an orthopedic specialist, along with imaging studies such as X-rays to assess the severity of the deformity and rule out other underlying conditions.

Treatment options for genu valgum depend on the age of the patient, the severity of the deformity, and any associated symptoms. In children with mild genu valgum and no symptoms, observation and monitoring of the condition may be sufficient as the legs continue to grow and develop. However, if the deformity persists or worsens over time, treatment may be necessary.

For children with significant genu valgum or associated symptoms, treatment may involve bracing or orthotics to support proper alignment of the legs during growth. In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen muscles around the knees and improve gait mechanics. Surgical intervention may be considered in severe cases of genu valgum that do not respond to conservative treatments, particularly in adolescents or adults.

At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, our team of orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care to patients with genu valgum. We work closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and goals, with the aim of restoring normal leg alignment and function.