Call Us: 1300 975 980

Knocked Knees (Genu Valgum)

Knock Knees

Knocked knees (also referred to as genu valgum) is a common condition in children and a part of normal development. In some cases knocked knees can develop due to other medical conditions such as over pronation (ankle rolling in), injury to the shin, bone infection, nutritional deficiencies or obesity.

As the name suggests, knocked knees is a description of when the knees come close together during running, walking or standing and the ankles do not touch.

Babies tend to have bowed legs, which gradually progress to knocked knees, most obvious at the age of 2-4. By the age of 5-7 the leg position will start to straighten.

There is usually no pain associated with knocked knees, although some severe cases may cause knee pain, a limp or difficulty walking, running and playing sports. Knock knees that do not improve may place the knees under extra pressure, which may increase the risk of developing arthritis.

If knocked knees are problematic or persists into later childhood, treatment may be recommended.

At Mint Foot Care Podiatry, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history, performing a biomechanical assessment and video gait analysis.

Treatment may involve:

  • Ongoing monitoring to make sure your child develops normally through their milestones of development.
  • Footwear recommendations.
  • Custom made orthotic therapy – orthotics may be prescribed to address any biomechanical factors such as over pronation.
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles within the quadriceps group.
  • If your child’s knock knee is caused by an underlying condition, such as rickets or scurvy, the condition will need to be treated.

If the patient is not responsive to conservative treatment or an underlying medical condition is present corrective surgery (osteotomy) may be recommended.

CALL US TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR BOOK ONLINE NOW.

Latest News

  • CHILDREN

    Warts

    Warts are infections of the skin that appear as raised bumps, caused by the Human Papillomavirus or HPV. There are many types of warts caused by many different types of HPV. Although most warts are not harmful, they are contagious, ugly, and on occasion – painful. Anyone can be affected by warts, but they are […]

    Date:6 October 29, 2020
  • BONE

    Sesamoiditis

    Sesamoids are small bones connected by tendons to muscles most commonly found in the big toe. Sesamoiditis generally happens when those tendons become inflamed. This condition can be the result of overuse, strain, or trauma. High activity sports like netball or dancing, and regular wear of high heels or tight shoes are all contributing factors […]

    Date:6 September 21, 2020
  • BONE

    Osgood Schlatter Disease

    Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common reason for knee pain in developing adolescents. It is the inflammation and irritation of the area just below the knee; where the patella tendon in the knee attaches to the shinbone. It most often occurs during puberty with growth spurts, when bones, ligaments and muscles are rapidly changing. Physical activities […]

    Date:6 September 2, 2020
  • ARTHRITIC FOOT CARE

    Pes Anserinus Tendonitis

    Pes Anserinus Tendonitis or Pes Anserinus Bursitis is the inflammation of the little sacs of fluid, called ‘bursa’, between the joint of the shin and surrounding muscles of the knee. This inflammation can be caused by friction, irritation, and pressure. Pain is most often felt on the inside of the knee, underneath the joint. Cause: […]

    Date:6 August 10, 2020
  • CIRCULATION

    Gout

    Gout is a condition caused by the build-up of uric acid, generally it affects your big toe and knee joints but can also affect your fingers, wrists, elbows Symptoms There are 2 types of gout, asymptomatic gout, which is when there is a build-up of uric acid but there are no visible signs or symptoms; […]

    Date:6 June 24, 2020
  • NAILS

    Onychogryphosis

    Onychogryphosis or ‘Ram’s Horn’, is a nail condition that is formed by slow growth of the nail plate or when one part of the toenail grows at a faster pace that the other. It is identified by thick or curvy yellowish colour on the toenails, most frequently the big toenail. Curving nails Infection Ingrown toenails […]

    Date:6 April 30, 2020

* indicates required