Knock knees is a condition where a person's knees touch but their ankles do not. Diagnosed during childhood, it is caused when a child is learning to walk but has difficulty balancing himself. In some cases, both knees turn inward; in other cases, only one does. The issue is most prevalent in overweight children, but any child can be knock-kneed. The condition can be effectively treated if done early.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Consult a doctor about treating a mild case. Mild cases of knock knees are usually not treated, as the condition usually corrects itself.
Consider treating a diagnosed moderate case---but always in consultation with a doctor. Never attempt to diagnose or treat this condition on your own. In more severe cases, the use of orthopaedic appliances might be required. For example, a paediatrician might prescribe a night brace. The brace is attached to a shoe and pulls the knee up and into a straight position. Another option could be orthopaedic shoes. These shoes have a wedge and can include an arch pad.
Treat a diagnosed severe case with great care. As always, consult a doctor for treatment. Never attempt to treat this condition on your own. If previous treatments by a doctor have been unsuccessful, surgery can be performed to straighten the bones. If surgery is considered, it should be performed on girls around the age of 10 and boys around the age of 11.
Tips and warnings
- Consult a paediatrician if a young child learning to walk seems to have difficulty with balance.
- If a child suffered an injury to his tibia (shinbone) parents should pay close attention to how the bone heals as improper healing can lead to knock knees. Again, consult a physician. Do no attempt to diagnose or treat this condition on your own.
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