Genu Valgum


Genu valgum or knock knees is a disorder where the knees touch whereas the ankles do not. The legs bend inwards. Infants begin with the bowlegs due to their folded position The legs start straightening once the child learns to walk. As soon as the child turns 3 years of age, he becomes knock-kneed. When standing, the child’s knees touch but the ankles do not.

Once the child reaches puberty, the legs straighten out and majority of them can stand with their knees and ankles touching without force.

Genu Valgum occurs due to medical problem or disease like:

  • Rickets
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Shinbone injury
  • Obesity or overweight

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