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Knock knees, or knocked knees, is a condition where a child’s legs bend inward at the knee. Knock knee symptoms may include an unusual walking pattern, difficulty walking, and rare instances of pain.
The precise cause is not always clear. Children in their first 3-4 years of growth will often develop a mild degree of knock knees that resolves itself spontaneously. However, some cases are a result of additional bone diseases or injuries.
Knock knees can resolve on their own, requiring only observation to assess the progress over time. However, some patients may need knock knee surgery to modulate growth or realign the bone. Whether your child requires a small outpatient surgery or a more extensive procedure, our highly trained physicians will work to provide the best care possible.
Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD
This page was last updated on: October 16, 2020 02:38 PM
The Sports Health Program at Nicklaus Children's illustrates a warm up technique for dancers.
Bowlegs are a curvature of the legs such that when the feet are placed together, the knees are not touching (the opposite of knock knees).
For children who develop certain problems with their limbs, such as bowlegs, knock-knees and others, treatment can often be difficult and invasive. Guided growth surgery is a less invasive procedure that uses plates and screws to correct the problems gradually over time with hardware that guides the growth of the limbs, but is still flexible to allow things to move and change gradually with time.