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Genu Valgum

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Knock-knees, physiologic knock-knees



  • In the valgum deformity, the knees are tilted toward the midline.
  • Whereas, in the varum deformity (see Genu Varum), the knees are tilted away from the midline.

  • No symptoms, but the physical appearance is abnormal.

  • The typical infant has a slight genu varum (bowleg deformity).
  • When the infant starts standing and walking, genu varum spontaneously corrects.
  • A slight over-correction typically occurs, producing a slight genu valgum (knock-knee deformity) at age 3-4 years.  This usually resolves over a few years.

  • On inspection of the knees

  • Usually, this is a normal stage of development.

  • Usually, no treatment is indicated

  • Usually none.

  • Discuss with the child's physician if the condition persists after 5-6 years of age.

  • None




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