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.