‘Knock knees’ describes the positioning of the knees where they turn in towards toward each other. This means that they’re prone to ‘knocking’ or brushing against each other during walking. This tends to affect children between the ages of 3 and 5 and can help maintain balance when developing their gait, balance and coordination.
This knee position is medically referred to as genu valgum.
Knock knees are often a regular variation during the growth and development. When this knee position doesn’t develop until the age of 6 or persists after the age of 8, there may be an underlying condition such as rickets or osteomalacia. Contributing factors to the development of knock knees include:
Where knock knees present between the ages of 3 and 5 years:
Where knock knees continue beyond the childhood years, symptoms may include:
The majority of knock knees in young children resolve by the age of 6-7. If you are concerned about your child’s knee posture (or your own) come in for an assessment so we can help address the alignment issues with treatments that may include:
After your assessment, we’ll create a tailored management plan based on the individual symptoms you’re experiencing and your activity goals.
Two weeks with Calcaneal Spur and finally got to see Doc. He sent me to Kevin @ Eleven and with One Appointment, he had me walking without Crutches. Yes! It still hurt. Did the Stretching, Rolling my Foot on a Spikey ball and Iced it occasionally. Return visit, after he had his Holiday, and I' am walking fine. They do NOT want to see me again, unless it deteriorates. Which it has not :-)