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Knock Knees Correction in Adults

Knock knee correction

Knock knees is a condition that is commonly found in young children where the knees touch each other when standing straight and the lower legs go out. This is often first found in children between the ages of 3 and 5 and usually is able to fix itself by the time the child reaches seven years old. If the problem does not rectify itself, the doctors may consider using braces to straighten the knees or have the child wear corrective shoes. If this condition is not fixed in childhood, it may continue through to adulthood and begin to cause a problem for the adult affected.

Adults can also become knock kneed due to arthritis or a severe injury to the knee.

The best way to correct knock knees in adults is to strengthen the knee by doing a series of exercises. Various types of exercises can be done to strengthen the knees including seated quadriceps contraction, leg strengthening exercises and hamstring curls. Be sure to select exercises that work to strengthen the muscles in your knee and not ones that put a lot of stress on the knee like running or mountain climbing because these types of exercises can actually damage the knee instead. Being overweight can also cause knock knees and because of this fact a good way to treat knock knees is to bring your weight down to a normal level. Excess weight can add a lot of stress to your knee only making the knock knee condition worse.

If you have tried these various methods and have had no results then surgery may be the right answer for you. Corrective surgery works best for children who are between the ages of ten and eleven but may work for adults as well. Usually for adults instead of corrective surgery being done, most doctors will recommend an entire knee replacement as the best surgery to correct knock knees. As with all surgeries knee replacement has its own set of dangers and risks that you should consider before having the surgery done.

If the knock knee condition persists or worsens during adulthood, a complete examination by a doctor should be done. The doctor will be able to assess your situation and give their expert opinion of what the best options to correct knock knees in adults are. Due to the risk involved, all alternative methods should be tried before even considering having a knock knee correction surgery done.

Are you sure that you’re suffering from knock knees, genu valgum? Your problem could also be bow legs or genu varum. You can also read about some efficient bow legs correction exercises.

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  • Victoria June 19, 2011, 8:35 pm

    Hello, am 23 years old and i have knock knees in both knees. When i try and exercise a lot of the time my right knee hurts to the point where i can’t bend my knee for weeks without it causing me to much pain therefore, i struggle to go up and down the stairs and to exercise e.t.c. Also i am little insecure of the way my knees look however, i think at least i can walk! I have only recently learnt that surgery is option however; i am scared to consider surgery as option but at the same time am scared to exercise! I read it could take a long time to recover which again scares me as I have a 2 year old daughter! Could someone please give me some advice regarding surgery options, risks, and recovery time? Thank you. x

    • Soo Kim June 27, 2011, 3:48 am

      Hi, Victoria

      My name is Soo and I am currently working as a physiotherapist in Australia. I was wondering exactly what exercises you have been doing and how much/often you do them. Also, have you tried braces or casts before? Surgery can certainly be an option, but being as young as you are, I wouldn’t want to recommend a surgical approach. Cheers.


      • Rishabh January 2, 2012, 6:49 pm

        hey soo! its glad to see that a specialist is taking part in this type of talk as every doc has only one answer to knock knees problem i.e. Surgery! I have a little misalignment in my knees and i want to change it, but without a knife… So could you plz suggest some exercises or other regime so as to improve the condition… I am 21 male…

      • Debra February 27, 2014, 2:12 am

        Hey Soo I have knock knees and done had
        total replacement but seem like my knees have gotten
        worst. Like to know the exercise i can do please.
        I need help

        • Cindy Reisig March 19, 2014, 4:56 am

          I now have knock knees at 56 years old that my chiroprator is going to try to correct with orthotics. My daughter also had knock knee along with rotated hips and by the time she was 18 she had to have surgery to correct, we doctored for years and did it all, nothing seemed to help. Two doctors worked together on her legs and had to break her legs and unrotate her hips and line up her knee caps and took out a v shape from her fumer bone. Excuse my spelling. She is now 24 doing very well and she went into culinary and thanks to the surgery she is able to stand. We had a children’s doctor and an adult doctor that worked together. I am thankful that we found these wonderful doctors in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

          • Barb December 24, 2014, 5:07 am

            Hello Cindy,
            I am 50 years old and have suffered from knock-knees my whole life. Can you tell me how your orthotics are working and who your chiropractor is?
            Thank you so much,

  • April July 7, 2011, 3:55 am

    Hi, I am 17 years old and i have had knocked knees all my life. My knees do not hurt, and i can exercise fine, but should i still be worried about correcting them?

    • nikki hinds August 8, 2014, 5:10 pm

      Hi April,
      My advice to you ,depending on the severity of your knock knees, is definateley YES get them corrected. I have knock knees all my life and like you as a teen was always very active,alot of excercising and running, im now 46 and the pain and damage has caught up with me,infact it first showed at 30 with torn cartilage. Im currently awaiting a double osteotomy which is scary and i so wish i was told years ago what i would be facing.

  • shay July 15, 2011, 6:58 am

    Hi, im 24 yrs old and i have knock knees i was actually browsing around to see what good surgeons we have here in texas that performs that type of surgery…i was hoping that some one would inform me on the type of exercises i should do before considering the surgery although i am really scared of the surgery and the risks..i hate my knock knees and would do anything to fix them..any suggestions?

    • Cindy Reisig March 19, 2014, 4:59 am


      Good luck to finding the right surgeron, we got blew off from several surgerons. If this isn’t corrected you could end up with knee and hip replacements at least that is what they told my daughter. I’m from Michigan and finally found the answers in our fourth location in Grand Rapids, Michigan which is what they call the miracle mile. The Doctors with Dr Galladay and Dr Cassidy if you want to contact them to get some suggestions in Texas

  • Virginia July 22, 2011, 1:28 am

    Hi, im 14 and and have knock knees. I was wondering what the most common ways of fixing it is. It doesnt hurt me, however, it just is very ugly. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Lisa July 28, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Hi, I am a 50 year old female. I have been knocked knee all of my like. My thighs are twice the size of the bottom parts of my legs. I’m not in pain but I feel uncomfortable in shorts and dresses. Is there anything I can do to correct this problem?

  • Jane McColl July 31, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Hi, my name is Jane, I am 19 and have knocked knees. My dad and auntie also have knocked knees and had surgery but that hasn’t helped a lot. I’m also slightly overweight but I don’t know what exercises to do to help me loose weight because I don’t want to put too much strain on my knees. My knees, ankles and hip bones also hurt from time to time too. I’ve seen a lot of doctors and they all advise just to take calcium and vitamin D. I don’t want to have surgery unless its a necessity. Is there any way to make the pain stop and strengthening the knees?

  • rodolf August 1, 2011, 7:47 pm

    hi,iam rodolf 42 years old since chilhood they always teasing me knocked knee when iam 17 years of age i try to to exercise my knee in bending position left to rigth and i think their is developement in correcting my knee when i wearing long pants it is not noticible that i had this condition i enjoy it to become normal the way i walk but when i reach in the middle age and i gain more weigth this is the time that even i wear a long pants it is obviuos that i had this knee condition maybe i would suggest to loose my weigth and proper exercise with knee bending straigthening presently iam working as ct mri technologist in the middle east

  • Lakenya moore August 5, 2011, 6:51 am

    i hate having this black face, bad body, and knock knees


    • Cheryl March 18, 2012, 11:07 am

      Dont be ashamed of what you cant control, especially the color of your skin. I always hated my white face, bad body and knock knees. Turns out I found a great guy who wanted to marry me, and in his eyes Im beautiful. Treat yourself as good you treat other people..you are worthy of it. If you surround yourself with shallow people, sometimes we become shalliw. Excercise and eat right for health, and you will fibd energy to excercise..tge rest will fall into place. God Bless…

      • Shea May 12, 2014, 3:52 pm

        Cheryl, you rock!

  • Mustapha August 8, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I hv a knocked as a result of an accident dat happend 9yrs ago. I’m criously considering surgery cuz it mks my waist aches as I cn’t walk str8. Wat r d risks involved plz? I’m 23

  • Staci August 25, 2011, 3:01 pm

    Hello, I have knock knee’s and although I rarely paid attention to it, I do not like how it looks when I walk. My two year old son’s knee’s are beginning to become knock knee’s, so im currently looking for ways to correct it before it develops into something that cannot be fixed easily.

  • Mellisa August 26, 2011, 6:08 am

    Hi, I am 19 female and i have knock knee. but my parents and sibling doesnt have knock knee and is there any way that i can straighten my knee/leg? and also i sometimes have knee pain, is it related to knock knee?

  • boat August 29, 2011, 7:30 pm

    i’m 29 years and i have knocked knees. i feel i’m not attractive because i can’t wear all those cute short skirts and shorts. my husband likes it when other ladies were short clothes. what should i do? can some PLEASE HELP? i’m very desperate

  • anderson September 1, 2011, 10:21 am

    hi guys…just bind your feet..and put the things which have high width as yours course books between your kneess and try to stand straight…do it excercise daily atleast for 20 min..and at night time use braces….. please dont feel uncomfertable..and dont hate urself due to this…at least u people are better than tose who cant walk……please dont leave the special moments of ur llife just for ur feet…enjoy the life..wear what do u want to wear …either its look odd or not…its ur life not the others…

    • lindy November 8, 2011, 8:32 am

      Dear Mr. Anderson can you please elaborate on this exercise mentioned above? I need to place a course book between my knees and stand straight for 20 mins without moving? Will this help my knocked knees? Please provide more details as I am really sad with my condition. :(

      • Amiit Sagar December 28, 2013, 7:57 pm

        Dear Lindy
        there is only one exerscise to cure knock knees…put some cod liver oil on both of your knees ..gently massag till it get dissapear and then put a pillow ( not course book as its very hard )beetwen your knees to apart them and your ankles should be joined at that time stand straight do it for 5min daily u ll see results soon …
        God bless you

        • Sal November 7, 2014, 10:24 pm

          Really?! & how long is one expected to do this?

  • windy October 2, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Hi guys i have the same problem. I have knock kness which knocks down my confidence. The worse thing is that my husband tease me . However, I do not allow the look of my knees to stop me from wearing what i like. The truth is that am always unconfortable even though i try not to show it. My son is 7 and he has knock knee. Can i still get his knees corrected? What about mine. Pls help! Am 35.


    • Cheryl March 18, 2012, 11:12 am

      Your Husband is an immature z!!z… Let him know it hurts, if he doesnt care, he doesnt deserve you. My husband will tell me he doesnt notice my knock knees..true ir not, he cares about my feelings.

  • gaurav October 12, 2011, 9:35 am

    i m 23 yrs old.i m suffering from knock knee.tell me any kind of cure or surgery.i want go for modelling,but due to this my body physic is being disturbed

  • Alex October 26, 2011, 6:23 am

    hi! i am 25 and with a knock knee. i feel bad about my knee is improper. what corrective exercise should be done? am doing some exercise but it still uncorrected. thank you!

  • ivy November 6, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Hi, my name is Ivy, and just like all of you, I hated my knock knees until the Lord led me to Dr. Rozbruch in New York City. I had my surgery in 2008 and it been the best thing for me. I never wore jeans from the time I was 12 to 32. Today, I am happy and not self conscious when I walk. Please take heart and try to love yourself for the person you are inside. If you really want to change the way your knees look please call Dr. Rozbruch in NYC at 212 606 1415. Tell him Ivy sent you.
    Good Luck and God Bless!

    • Elsa August 12, 2012, 4:48 am

      Thanks to my Lord Jesus that I found this imformation my knock knees has bothered me for almost all my life at the point that many times I can not do the things that I want. I have consider a surgery, but for some reason I have not found the doctor that wants to do my surgery. I am so desperate because every time that I go somewhere there are always people that make fun of me. Thank you for your information God bless you

    • Nye October 9, 2014, 1:39 pm


      Did you insurance assist you in paying for the Surgery . How are your legs today? Are you having any issues and is the pain manageable. I am really interested in seeking out Dr. Rozbruch . I have save up quite a lot of money for this and hope with insurance I can have this done. I am experiencing pain in my knees when I walk and , my ankles hurt daily. I find myself just wanting to be at home but I have to work. I am a young women and my quality of life is non existent. I don’t date , go out only to work and trying to exercise forget it . My knees will be out of commission for days.

  • lindy November 8, 2011, 8:33 am

    Is there anyone else with knock knees that knows some good exercises to at least improve this condition? Surgery is not an option for me. Many thanks!

  • Sammy Y. January 19, 2012, 2:39 am

    I’m a 14 year old (turning 15 in March) male, and I have knock knees and it really looks weird to me. My ankles and knees touch at the same time so its just a slight case. I want my ankles to touch and not my knees. Is there any way to fix this without surgery?! Thanks!

    • Fariha January 12, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Go for a blood test to see if you have a vitamin d deficiency, if so theyl give you supplements and the problem should correct itself. You’re a teenager so you have time, dont worry.
      While i was a teenager my legs went from being knock kneed to going straight when I went on holiday to a hot country- the country I live in doesnt get much sun and I was a bit of a hermit so I wasnt getting enough vitamin d

  • jesica January 20, 2012, 9:42 am

    * Simply stand on a wooden curve plank and do sit ups 5-7 a day
    * Try to ride a horse daily. But if no horse is avaible then try to ride the cycle and try to move it by opening your knees in ” V” Shape.
    * When you are sleeping then try to place a pillow between your legs.
    these exercises will help you to get rid of knock knees…..gud luck !!!

    • LoveLife January 24, 2012, 5:03 am

      Riding a horse, riding a bike, and the pillow theory just do not work. Been there done that, rode horses every weekend for ~5 years when I was a kid. I still have horrible knock knee and it makes me so self conscious because I hate jeans. I don’t understand how being overweight has much to do with it because I’m not and have never been anywhere near overweight. I’m almost 20 years old and live a healthy, active life. I would just love to be comfortable with my legs in shorts! I’d like to know more about these braces being discussed please.

    • akash kanojia March 4, 2014, 3:32 pm

      How to stand on the curve plank

  • Sharde February 10, 2012, 4:45 am

    Hello my beautiful Knock Knee Family!! I am 26 and consider myself slightly knock knee. Although I dont like it much, I have learned to accept it. I wear skinny jeans, knee boots, skirts and shorts and recieve compliments all the time. I would suggest a straight, boot, or flare cut jean, and skirts that hit at knee or below. Its all about being confident!! From time to time i become a little discouraged like now and decided to do some research. Knee excercises are very good to help strengthen the knee like squats, knee bends etc. I have also been told by my dad to point my toes inward which helps the appearance. Hope this helps someone and remember, take what God gave you and WORK it!!!

    • Jennifer May 17, 2013, 9:07 pm

      Very well put Sharde!!

  • Kichy February 28, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Hi ivy, how long did your recovery take and just about how affordable is this surgery. I’m 42, have knock knees and interested in getting help ASAP .God bless you

  • Mayank March 3, 2012, 7:51 am

    Hey, I’am Mayank, 21 years old. Having mild knock knee.
    Is there any treatment to bring it back to normal position.
    I have never suffered any accident or any other medical problem.
    It is from my childhood but I have noticed it now.

  • shamee March 5, 2012, 4:12 am

    I m Shamee. I m 20years old and I have knock knee problem. Please tell me some good tips or exercises for solving this problem… plz plz plz I’m waiting for your reply.

  • Rosemary M Pillai March 8, 2012, 9:36 am

    Hi, my name is rosemary. I have knocked knees from the time I was 12 years old. I have never wanted to do any surgery and I dont even mind the way I look because of it. I only have knee pain quite often and I would like to know if there is any natural home remedy that I can adopt to control my knee pain. I am now 37 and would like to just keep my knee in condition and not let it go down further. Please help

  • Matt March 8, 2012, 4:38 pm

    I am a therapist here in the states and one thing you need to look at is just not the knee but week hip abductors . Knees may test out with good strength but weak hips and a weak core can lead to genuine valgum. Adding hip abduction exercises may help.

    • Rosemary M Pillai May 3, 2012, 9:54 am

      Please can you tell me is it that as I grow with age I will not be able to walk. What is it that I can do ? Like I said earlier i don’t mind the way I look but all that I want is to keep my knees strong and what tests should I do in order to know what exactly needs to be done. Thanks

  • Courtney March 13, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Im Courtney, im 18 and I’ve had knock knees all my life. Im in a lot of pain and my knees constantly pop and grind I wear braces a lot to try and keep my knees from bending. It keeps me up a lot at night. The thing is I’m afraid of surgery because I’m a dancer. I don’t know what I would do without dancing, an I’m afraid of losing my mobility and I’m not sure what to do, any suggestions?

    • Becca weatherbee October 3, 2013, 5:24 pm

      My name is becca and I’m 16 years old .. I have noticed my knocked knees since I was 10 and have multiple therapy sessions, braces and even casts put on me for 4-6 weeks a time , nothing has helped and I’m a cheerleader so I’m very active . It hurts my hips ankles and knees a lot . Anyone have any good suggestions for me ?

  • Ken March 19, 2012, 10:31 am

    I experienced this knock knee thingy at the age of 12.My right knee goes in much more than the left does. I guess left is fine with me….U wouldn’t really notice when i wear jeans or shorts..but jeans is quite the best for me nw…I’m doing thigh build up and it helps a lot. I’m in Africa and will be coming to the US of A pretty soon. I’d like to know if there are braces or other devices out to help out.
    I’d appreciate any ideas or info. from any 1. U can send me an email @ alangottschalk@yahoo.com


  • Akhona Ntantiso March 20, 2012, 4:03 pm


    I want to know how can I get surgey to fix my knock knees I reaaly need help…

  • valerie April 23, 2012, 5:36 am

    hey my name is valerie, im 15 and i have knock knees in both knees.My knock knees started when i was about 6 and i have gradually gotten worse. Every time i walk i feel self conscious because of my legs.one of my very close friends actually told me what was wrong with my knees . im very desperate to fix it is there any way i can cure my knock knees. if you know please respond please.

  • Zandi May 29, 2012, 4:16 am

    My name is Zandi and I’m 16. I have awful knock kneee in both of my knees. I’ve had 4 corrective surgeries and I’ve only had a little improvement. I’be been doing therapy off-and-on since I was 12 years old. I plan on joining the military in 2-3 years.. is there anything I can do to help my knees?
    Please respond.. I’m running out of options </3

  • KnockKnee July 21, 2012, 11:44 am

    I had really bad knock knees, when my knees were together my ankles were 20cms apart. I had corrective surgery at age 12 where my surgeon used medical staples to staple the growth plate on the inside of my knees to stop it from growing, allowing the growth plate on the outer to catch up. All the staples were removed in 2 separate surgeries a few years later. My knees are nearly perfectly straight, I do believe one has over corrected slightly which does cause me pain if I’m doing prolonged walking and also on rainy and cold days they ache. I’m not saying surgery is the only way to go but there are a lot of old wives tales/beliefs that “suppose” to help that actually won’t. If I didn’t have corrective surgery before I stopped growing I would of had to have 2 full knee reconstructions. If you only have a slight misallignment and it’s not causing you pain I personally wouldn’t worry about it. The surgery is very very painful and like with all surgeries nothing is the same again. Remember, knock knees is a deformity. There is no quick fix.

  • 3liza July 22, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Hello, I’m 28 years old and had always thought there was something wrong with my legs. Nobody ever pointed out until recently at a aerobics class I realizad I couldn’t do some exercises. I decided to research online and came across all kinds of things, from shoes you’re supposed to wear (for overpronation) to what kind of muscles you’re supposed to strenghten. I thought this specific website wa helpful.http://www.coreconcepts.com.sg/mcr/knock-knees-%E2%80%93-can-i-reverse-it-part-1/ copy and paste:) and don’t give up on trying to fix it(I know I won’t) . Like they say somethig’s gotta give, right. I’m thinking about taking photos and making a journal of progress. Wish me luck and luck to all of you 2. Cheers!

  • mmampotse August 28, 2012, 1:26 pm

    hi i’m 34 years old women with brackets legs and this makes me uncomfortable to wear shorts is there anything that can correct this other than surgery im scared of operation please help me

  • Audra August 31, 2012, 5:24 pm

    This site is sooo funny…I am knocked kneed and I love wearking short dresses, shorts, and skirts. I also work as a model and I also did a leg campaign. Important thing is to not to sweat it. I would recommend trainning your legs..to get nice shapely legs and be sure to build the calves to give the leg a more balanced condition.Also cross your legs when you walk and stand or pose in a manner to minimize the look. Hope this helps….

    • Jennifer May 17, 2013, 9:11 pm

      thank you Audra, I agree!

  • sam September 19, 2012, 12:25 am

    Hey! I was suffering from this i dont know at what age my legs began to deform but no one picked up on it . One day i dislocated my knee cap which is when i realised my legs were not normal. When i was 18 i had corrective surgery. My surgeon broke both my legs from just above the knee an realigned the whole bone. My legs look and feel better and even though there is some pain sometimes and im left with scars i dont regret it. Best think to do is see your doctr.

    • Leo September 30, 2012, 7:00 pm

      Hello Sam I had a question, so did he cut your femur bones to straighten your legs, if so, how long did it take to heal?

  • Malavika September 21, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Hi, I’m 16 and I’ve had knock knees since I was 11 or so. Every day I wake up and all I can think about are my knock knees and I feel so insecure even in my JEANS!

    Please help me any one, if surgery is an option, or if I will be able to correct them without surgery, please help PLEASE!! I hate them and because of them my life is ruined :(

    • Fidelity January 17, 2014, 8:08 pm

      Pls dont go 2 far God wants u 2 beleiv he can straight it den u’ll be ok.

  • lucy September 26, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Im 40 and have serve knock knees. They hurt all the time and are caving more and more with time. Could I have them broken and reset to fix this

    • dee February 13, 2014, 9:44 am

      hi lucy, I too have severe knock knees and I am 45. have you discussed having them broken and reset? that’s what i’m thinking.

      thanks and good luck!

  • Leo September 30, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Hi my name is Leo, I have knock knees as well, come to find out I have an arthritic knee from when I fell a few months back but that hasn’t stopped me yet, I am currently using a brace to take some of the strain off and I still exercise, I do squats, seated hamstring pulls, calve raises, seated calve raises, swim, etc…. I found out that I need to straighten my femur bone before I get work done on my knee but I gotta tell ya, it sounds pretty scary but I still have not let something like knock knees, bad back, bad knees stop me, push through the pain and don’t let it control you, I know it may sound cheesy but if I let this pain have its way then I would never do anything and just sit around all day. I believe that this body of ours is a vessel that we control, not the other way around.

    • dee February 13, 2014, 9:46 am

      good message! I believe mind over matter. however as a woman it’s tough having knocked knees. hard to wear dresses etc. really takes a toll on a woman.

  • Anna October 14, 2012, 6:27 am

    Iam 23 yr old, hvg knock knee problem since my childhood. I underwent knee surgey using staples at age of 11 and removed them after couple of years. It was not fully corrected coz my growth period stopped. Since then I didn’t have any problem with walking, running. But after 10 years I started to have knee pain in left leg. The pain was mild in the beginning, with following days the pain become so severe I wasn’t able to walk or stand for more than 5 mins. That when I went to the doctor (again) , he told me to undergo surgery to realign my knee. I underwent surgery this year, after 8 months, now iam able to walk long distance without pain. Knock knee is corrective only to certain extent in adults.

  • zach November 3, 2012, 10:54 pm

    well check out if your feet are arched or not, collapsed ankle can casue issues, i have knots all up in my hip muscles that cause me to use incorectly. try jumping, if u feel your knees giving in towards the middle, then you know the side muscles are weak, years of improper muscle usage will cause bones to bend the wrong way. people that know this stuff dont want to post for free cause they wont make money. i have had back problems from this my whole life. still figuring it out, but recently i tried feeling my hip muscles every step i take i think about it. and i notice when im not paying attention my legs give in toward the middle. feel much better from just a few weeks of this. gain controll mentally of your muscles, and exersize them with proper form, improper form will make issue worse. hell, is the CAUSE of the issue most of the time! all this can b taught to us as young kids in school, but theres no money to b made otherwise! anyone else know why this obvious information took me years to find? or why all these people are looking for answers? please let me know!

  • Emmanuel Victor Bassey December 2, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Hi, I’m Emmanuel Victor from Nigeria, I’m 18yrs old, I have knock knees, its awfully bad my friends sometimes mock me and I hate it, I can’t even were shorts cause it will fully reveal my legs, I wish to have straight and beautiful legs just like my friends, what kind of exercise should I do inorder to correct my legs…. Pls reply

  • raviteja February 16, 2013, 6:44 pm

    hi, my sis 26 yrs old had knock knee and subluxation of patella of both the knees.she is falling down for every 6 months due to sudden dislocation of patella.she is facing difficulty in climbing steps feels pain a kind of pricking sensation at the knee.we consulted many doctors got a pile of x-rays. But no exact treatment.she is doing SEATED QUADRICEP CONTRACTION & LEG STRAIGHTENING EXERCISE.now my doubt is to prevent her recurrent falling what she should do other than this exercise.is operation for her knock knee essential at this early age?or should get her patella operated to prevent subluxation. Due to her frequent falling now she is totally afraid to walk..i will be greatly thankful for your valuable suggestion. kindly inform if you know any good ortho doctors near hyderabad,andhrapradesh india.

  • esther February 23, 2013, 6:30 am

    i am 30yrs old worried over knock kneel. I nid home remedy as i do nt have money for surgery

  • zara February 27, 2013, 6:03 am

    Im zara..i am 37and i suffer from having severe knock knees…i recenly had an car accident which shat
    tered my legs..now i am in constant pain..my knees feels like slow burning fire..i have difficulty walking i can’t run and confidence level is zero because of having knock knee..when i woke in the hospital my first question to my doctor was if he could fix my knees..Do you think knee replace surgery could me?..sincerely the most unhappiess person in the world!!

    • Naina March 14, 2013, 11:29 am

      Hi Have you approached a Pilates expert? They could advise on natural posture correcting exercises :)
      All the best x

    • dee February 13, 2014, 9:53 am

      hi zara, I completely understand. I too have severe knock knees and am considering having them broken and reset. sounds drastic and painful, but i’m ready to do it. i can’t play tennis, jog or any exercise. after 10 minutes knees burn.

      i can’t wear dresses or shorts because i feel sO embarrassed. when i walk i see people looking at my knocked knees. it’s tough especially for a woman.

      please let me know what your doing?

  • meetotah March 16, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Hi,my name is mitota I’m 25 years old, one Of my leg is knocked kneeand I don’t just like, there some kindof dress I want to wear bt I cnt because of my knock kneed. Give me some tips on how I will correct it cause I dnt wanna go under the knife of a. Surgeon.thanKs

  • Raz March 26, 2013, 4:43 pm

    hey i am 18 yrs old
    may i know about the exercises to correct knock knees..

    • himani chaudhary July 20, 2013, 4:39 pm

      do horse riding as much as u can

      • dee February 13, 2014, 9:54 am

        WHAT??? makes no sense?

  • alfred April 15, 2013, 10:53 pm

    I’m Alfred from Ghana I find my to be kneed wen I was 14
    Now am 22 can someone recommend an exercise for me. Pls help me

  • fahad zia June 10, 2013, 3:18 am

    Hi. I have knock knee problem. Can you recommend me best physical exercise?

  • Ana July 2, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Hello, I’m a 32 year old female and have had knocked knees all my life. I’m rather slim and actually quite athletic, plus I’m quite tall. People often compliment me on my legs on how nice they are, lol. I think my knocked knees draw the attention but my fit long legs captivate them so that my imperfect legs are completely overlooked. That’s the only way it makes sense to me. As a young girl and teenager I hated my legs, but I gained confidence over the years and I pushed this imperfection to the side. As well as so many other physical features I disliked about myself. Knocked knees was my main deterrent from trying to go into modeling. With the type of self esteem I had I feel it was a blessing in disguise. People think I’m attractive, I do my part to stay fit, control my frizz and what not, but I really think the beauty they see is confidence and inner peace. It’s taken me many years to accept myself and be grateful for my complete being. Stay fit and do what you can to look good but don’t let it be the center focus of your being. You’ll miss out on the true beauties of life, the bond and friendships with others. As to pain, yes, i’ve dealt with pain on my knees since 19. I like to run so that doesn’t help. Swimming might be a better option for exercise. I have a lot of difficulty with the breast stroke because of the frog kick, I often wonder if my knocked knees are the culprit but I haven’t found enough information on this. Freestyle though I have no issues, it feels really good when my knees are achy. Only issue with swimming for those of you trying to shed some pounds it tends to really make one hungry. So you have to be careful not to overeat and what you do eat make sure it’s nourishing. Strengthening the legs overall with weight training is what therapists recommend. I do a bit of this and I do have my glucosamine chondroitin regime of 2 pills a day that has really helped me with my knee pains. I also, which is typical for those with knocked knees, have issues with coordination and balance, flat feet and ankle issues. I just deal with it and don’t make too much of a big deal about it.

  • jessica July 3, 2013, 12:39 pm

    pls is there any knock knee specialist in ghana?

  • Bonnie July 3, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Hi ,
    Interesting to find so many people with this problem.I am 68 ,have been knocked kneeded for all of my life and also have hyper-extended knees as well.My advice to anyone who can , try your best to correct this problem as soon as possible . my knees issues led me to have a torn meniscus in my right knee , which was successfully operated on two years ago. I also suffer because my legs seem to be collapsing more and more and now my arches are falling and I have pretty bad bunion on my right foot.Pilates does help .I go 3x’s a week and try to keep as active as possible.Many years ago , a foot doctor recommended that I fix all my foot and leg problems by either getting knee replacements or breaking both legs qnd resetting them.Not very appealing choices .I do love to walk but find it difficult unless I wear some damn ugly shoes with big orthodics .I would love to find some surgery that is not so extreme to correct this problem. today I look like a X when standing still .For me Pilates is still the best bet.

  • Samuel Julius July 23, 2013, 8:41 am

    Am samuel Julius,I have been knocked kneel from my tender age and am now 34yrs old.This makes me so look ugly and I need an urgently correction any measure that can correct this right leg so I can feel comfortable and non suspicious when walking,,,,contact me for any suggesion even surgery

  • sandra July 27, 2013, 9:30 am

    I’m really interested in this whole “place your course books in between your knees”. Been doing this for 3days now. I feel different. I wanna know if this is going to remain permanent or stoppage of this would cause the knees to return over time. Thanks. P.s are there any movements get to do when the books are inbetween the knees?

  • Eva July 30, 2013, 8:24 am

    Omg! I felt like I was the only one with this problem! I dislike the fact about being knock kneed because people can be so cruel and inconsiderate. They stare or make fun. I am conscious about my legs and wish they were straight….but then I stop myself and think…I am blessed to even have legs and for them to function properly. That helps me cope with it and also just blowing people off with their rude comments. Although, I am fairly interested in the exercises to help strengthen my knees and muscles as well. So if anyone could kindly tell me what exercises would be good… I appreciate it very much.
    Thankyou beforhand. God bless you all!!!!

  • MVP Trinity August 19, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Hi everyone, I took time to read every comment here. I have the solution to the this knock knee thingy but it is hell expensive and (the cost) is sometimes determined by the severity of the knock knee, but u can be rest assured of a beautiful posture again. treatment would usually take between 3 to 4 months and you will stay in the clinic for this period.
    contact Dr. Victoria of Ladisten Clinic in the U.K.
    info@Ladisten.com or visit http://www.Ladisten.com for more info.
    To fast track the conversation, take photos of your legs and send it to her, describing your condition because she will request for it (photos) after you first contact her.
    Much love to you all!

  • allister August 30, 2013, 8:39 pm

    hi is there a leg brace you cane wear for knock knee ?

  • oluwaseun November 10, 2013, 7:11 pm

    u dont need surgery i have the best answer,i used to be knock kneed till i found out i can correct it.Dis is my number,call me on video call i will show u.I knw wot it feels like but trust me it u will be free to wear anytin u like

    • admin November 11, 2013, 9:24 am

      You can email us a video of your exercises or whatever helped you out and we will upload it here on the website to share it with all the other sufferrers. Thank you in advance for all your help!

    • zeegirl December 8, 2013, 8:28 pm

      I too have bn so worried abt my legs I tried to accept bt its really hard. If anyone in South Africa KZN, knws exersices that actually work please let me knw or a brace that I cn wear!!

      God Bless

  • Sil December 19, 2013, 8:13 am

    Hello im Sil, I read the first few comments to “read treatments, excercises, remedies, etc”, but read none LOL anyway I decided to scroll all the way down to share with u one simple way to fix this problem, I too have knock knees, this is my second day trying this method & have seen a minor change! Ill get to it im sure ur dying to findout! Walk backwards! I ran into a vid on you tube(chinese with subtitles) look it up if u dont believe me. If ur too lazy to look it up, take 6 small steps back(slowly) make sure foot lands flat on floor, & 4 more steps but big steps this time. Twice a day is recommended but ill def do it more than that. The vid(excersize) was intended for bowlegged, but it said for knockkneed too so I had to try it! Hope this helps.

  • Muaf Muriithi December 23, 2013, 7:01 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve turned 30. I never had any problem with my knees till the start of this year, which I believe was cause by my rapid gain in weight. I used to play basketball back then, and walked a lot, but due to my work I spend less than an hour per day walking. I don’t exercise anymore. Next year is the beginning of a new era in my life, am getting back to the basketball court and I’ll be hitting the gym, HARD. The problem is I don’t what exercise are effective for getting rid off knocked knees. Suggestions will help. Thank you advance.

  • heart broken December 29, 2013, 5:58 pm

    I’ve always been insecure and I have been bullied abt the way I walk beacuse of my knocked knees I have had splints and corrective shoes as a kid but nothings helped, just been told I walk like there’s carrots and male reproductive organs shoved up me , please help what can I do highly upset embarresed and hurt, miss south africa

  • Danielle Vannette January 23, 2014, 4:09 am

    That looks painful!

  • Lori February 3, 2014, 12:52 am

    Hey Everyone!

    I’m in my 20s and like Ivy I had my surgery with Dr. S Robert Rozbruch in NYC at the Hospital of Special Surgery. He is an EXTREMELY talented surgeon that fixed my knock-knees. I’ve lived with the condition all my life and he was the ONLY doctor that said “ok we can fix this”. I almost cried because I know my legs were going to be straight. He has AMAZING bedside manner and I would trust him enough that I would make sure my children are seen by him in the future. Consultation is $350.00. I will not say how much I paid out of pocket because that fee is different depending on the severity of the deformity and the offer they give you. Insurance paid for most of it since, contrary to what most people on this forum said, IT IS A DEFORMITY that needs to be fixed whether it’s genetic or brought on by disease. After the surgery on both of my legs I now have sexy straight legs! Recovery was VERY hard. you have to be prepared for the highs and lows. You see the straight leg and you get excited, but then the pain makes you question if it was worth it. It obviously was because I ended up doing both legs. Now I’m wearing tights skirts dress and I love it. The scar has minimized with the help of mederma. For each leg it was a 3 month recovery. Non weight bearing on the injured leg for 6 weeks. Because my job is sedentary I was able to go back to work after 7 days. Physical therapy is tough so be prepared. At the end it was all worth it. If I was younger all I would’ve needed was a brace. Dr Rozbruch’s colleague, Dr Fragomen works with knock knee deformity in children. Mine is genetic most of my family have it and are living on pain killers because the pain is so bad living with knock knees. I am virtually pain free. I could run walk long distance exercise and lift weights. I’m sorry but the exercises mentioned by other people I’ve tried them all yoga, therapy everything and it will NOT correct the deformity. It will only somewhat alleviate the pain. If it’s the pain you need to get rid of try yoga physical therapy who specializes in knock knees and take your multivitamins. Of you want to see a physical difference surgery is the only way to go.

    I DO NOT recommend the Ladisten clinic for many reasons. It’s way more expensive (travel hotel medicine) and also if you google the clinic tons of foreigners who have went to this clinic had twisted legs and messed up feet and calves as an end result. Also as a foreigner you do not have any legal recourse should something go wrong.

    Hope you all find your happiness!

    • Brianna July 20, 2014, 4:39 am

      Gosh… This is really heartbreaking to read, especially when you said the exercises won’t work… I’m only 22, but my knock knees are emotionally debilitating to me, and also beginning to take a toll on my hips, knees, and back. My job requires me on my feet the entire time, so recovery alone would put me out of work for much too long, and at this age I need to be saving money. Not to mention the costs and the fact I’m terrified at the thought of surgery hardly makes me want to consider going under… And I wouldn’t know any reputable surgeons in my region (Florida) anyway.
      On the other hand, I’m still young and if the pain and joint grinding continues, I’ll be paying for it later… I’m so distressed, I don’t know what to do… I wish I could go back in time and tell my parents to fix it early on when we actually had money…

    • Nye October 9, 2014, 1:47 pm

      Hi lori,

      I am so glad to hear that you and Ivy was able to correct this condition. I took am a suffer and often stay home because of the ankle pain , knee pain and hip pain. Sometimes i feel its even effecting the outter sides of my feet . The ache so bad from walking. I am in NYC and really am considering seeing Dr. Rozbruch my research on him has return good and bad reviews. So I am not sure as to what to think but I will formulate my own. Anyone who would help an adult correct this must have a great heart. I have saved up quite a lot of money for this surgery but it is just so hard finding someone to do it. I do have insurance but I am afraid that they will not authorize me or assist me if i should need more funding . It was great to hear that it is considered a deformity a birth defect and should be corrected as I work in the health care field i know some insurance cover birth defects. Did you find the cost to be affordable . Are they really willing to help you at any means or is it if you don’t have it bye? I just dont want to be let down. I know HSS caters to the wealthy and all though i have saved up alot of thousands I am far from wealthy but will do anything to help myself. Do you mind reaching out to me to discuss your surgery and experience . Did you have to stay long in the hospital? and how are you today any pain or problems? I don’t want to bombard you with questions just looking for insight . I look forward to hearing back from you .

    • Lettie718 November 5, 2014, 5:30 pm

      I am interested in this surgery however through my research i discovered a oesteotomy ( cutting the bone to align it straight) does not last forever . In addition the plates cause severe pain and you will end up needing a Knee replacement in 8 to 10 years. Which is the lifespan of an typical oesteotomy. Can you please inform if you are currently having any issues and how many years has it been since you had your surgery? I am hoping that I can just get a Taylor Spatial frame to wear for the 12 weeks and my effects can last forever. Praying and believing . Thank you in advance and looking forward to your response .

  • Aldo Sanchez February 12, 2014, 6:51 pm

    Hi am 10yrs old I just had surgery actually right I’m recovering its going to be find I was actually excited and its been about 2 months from it but I’m able to jog by now

  • Jaycee February 23, 2014, 3:25 am

    I’m 17 and I have gone to therapy for my knees twice. They are knocked and constantly causing me pain. They aren’t extremely bad, just turned inward. I want to get them fixed so badly. Should I consider this as a future option? I don’t want to waste more money on therapy. I just want normal knees!!! :(

  • atul March 4, 2014, 6:13 am

    hey, i m 21 years old male, and having knock knees since birth. I dont like the way my legs look when i walk or stand. However, I dont have any problem in walking or running. Please suggest some benefecial exercises to rectify the shape of my legs.

  • Nkeiru March 6, 2014, 10:54 am

    I am from Nigeria. my age is 36. I have knocked knees since I was a child. I don’t need to say how many times I was mocked even by my relations concerning the knock knees. please I need a solution to it because it’s very embarrassing.

  • cynthia March 9, 2014, 3:59 pm

    hi, am 18years old and I realised this year that I have knocked-knees and the truth is the situation is disturbing my mind alot please help.

  • Steph March 10, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Hello I am 23 and have two knocked knees. My right is has caused the most issues and I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t in pain. Over a year ago my knees have locked however there is more worry with my right knee due to how bad it is. I just had an x-Ray to check for arthritis. Honestly if your knee starts hurting go to the doctors ASAP and if it doesn’t hurt don’t fix it and the knee surgery can start bringing pain.

  • Ryan March 20, 2014, 11:05 pm

    My kn0cked knees are not bad..buh i still want it straight so i c0uld wear tight jeans am 17..please i need help.

  • Ada March 23, 2014, 5:41 pm

    I am 35years and i have knocked knees, i feel so embarrassed and have limited clothes to wear due to knocked knees. i love short dresses and pencil jeans but can’t find myself wearing them because my legs looks so bad in them. i also have pains in them…
    Please can someone help me out with solutions to it. i feel very sad and have low self esteem due to my knock knees…… HELP!!!

  • shubham April 1, 2014, 1:19 pm

    i don’t really know whether i am suffering from knock knee or not….
    i am 18 years old and want to join the armed forces………..
    when i stand straight, there is no gap between my ankles but still my knees and thighs meet, i can stand straight , run upto 5kms at a time, also there is no such pain that causes me trouble………….
    so WHAT SHOULD I DO……????

  • Sanchit Gupta April 20, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Knock knee can surely be corrected by doing virbhadrasna 2 .

  • Alfred Carrazzone May 26, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Can having both knees replaced at the same time result in a knock kneed condition ?

  • igwe faith May 30, 2014, 10:46 am

    hi am 20years old and i have been suffering from knock knees since childhood that make feel so ashamed of myself when am walking in public but i dont feel pains in them pleas what do i do because low self esteem is killng me i need to get rid of this as soon as possible before it destroys me

  • Nirbheek June 1, 2014, 9:28 am

    I’m A 16 Year Old From Bangladesh.
    I REGULARLY practice Kyokushin Karate.
    I Have Had KnockKnee All My Life. My Mom Has It ButMy Dad Doesn’t.
    I Want To Get In The Army But You Cant Get In If You Have A Knock Knee . Surgery Would Be Way Too Costly And I Wouldn’t Consider Doing It As I Have A Lot To Do Now . Please Help ,I’d Really Appreciate It . :D

  • nadeem ahmad June 16, 2014, 10:24 am

    sir ,my name is nadeem I’m 26 years old, i am also with knocked kneeand but there is no pain and there is no problem to walking but in dressing the pent shirt , I don’t just like, there some kindof dress I want to wear bt I cnt because of my knock kneed. Give me some tips on how I will correct it cause I dnt wanna go under the knife of a. Surgeon.

  • Aryan Singh July 22, 2014, 3:32 pm

    sir im selectead in indian airforce but i have knock knee that’s why im refered for re medical .so plz advice me the exercise &diet to get fit for my medical & i have not enough time plz advice me .

  • nana b August 6, 2014, 7:22 am

    I’m 17 years and I am knock kneed.I need a specialist in correcting knock knees in Ghana. Pls help me.

  • Devon August 13, 2014, 5:42 am

    I am 22 year old ex-colligiate football player and have had knock knees my whole life. I have always felt that I have never been able to squat a lot or jump high because of the mis alignment of my knees. I know have tear of Cartilage (on my femure) in my left knee and the Dr. that I am working with wants to do a Denovo Transplant. My second appionion Dr. Cooley in Utah(Did Tiger Woods’ knee) would do a knee realine and a “osteochondral allograft”. Does anyone know what I should do or the pro’s and con’s?

  • aarabh August 15, 2014, 12:31 pm

    I am 17 years old and i need a specialist!

  • Cynthia August 25, 2014, 12:45 am

    I’m 16 and I want too be a celebrity! but the bad news is that I got knocked knees!!! this makes me sad :(

  • abdul jabbar September 5, 2014, 10:20 am

    reply me as quick as possible…i am having knocked knees and i want to get rid of it….
    can any one tell me is horse riding a good option too?
    I am nineteen.

  • Denis September 8, 2014, 6:09 am

    I am now 24 years,my knees were just normal until I reached class seven that everything changed drastically .I experience no pain in my knees and besides I am a good footballer.The problem I have is that when I am in the pitch, opponent’s fans shout at me that am a good raider but with knock knees,this makes me lose self esteem and drives me cheerless. please help coz I have negative attitude towards surgery.

  • Noluthando Madela September 29, 2014, 3:38 pm


    I am a 23 year old with knock knees in Johannesburg, please assist with treatment or specialist around to assist me with the issue.
    Thank you

  • Annie October 4, 2014, 6:22 am

    Hi everyone I’m 29 years old and has always had only my right knee knocked and it embarasses the hell out of me,hasn’t had anything done about it before,but would love to.It has limited me to wearing just flare trousers and long gowns which is soo boring,but they are still my legs and I can’t cut them off.I only wish there is a solution to it cause I would love to have a finer looking legs,I’m in Nigeria and would cherish any useful suggestions.Thanks.

  • Sal November 7, 2014, 11:25 pm

    Ppl with straight legs don’t knw how blessed they are. Being able to where anything without worrying “is it noticable in this or not” & having to look back to see who’s observing ur gait/”K” shaped legs like we call it in Nigeria. I try to be confident but most time ppl just stare u down!

  • Tahira November 21, 2014, 10:46 am

    My son is 13 years old he has slightly knee knocking. Is horse ridding helpful in this matter? And how long it would take to cure the condition!

  • tejumade December 18, 2014, 6:02 am

    Ma name is tejumade,i have k leg but am not feeling any pain.i just don’t like the k leg..am also thinkin the way you thinking.i am 13 years.do you think my leg can straighten by itself?

  • Adejayan tejumade December 18, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I’m teju. The prob is that i have a slight knock knee can i even cal it a knock knee.no.i have straight leg but want it to be very straight.any help.

  • jay January 8, 2015, 6:59 am

    my name is Jay,20 years of age from kenya.i started having knock knee when i was 14 to 15 years,i always wondered why am i having them.am trying to exercise hard and still no change but seems the situation is getting far worse…my question is,does exercise help?

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