KNOCK-KNEE (Genu Valgum)
A condition where the knees angle in and touch one another when legs are stretched and straightened. An individual with knock-knees tends not to have his/her ankles and feet touch one another. It is medically known as Genu Valgum.
What causes knock-knee?
Knock knees are a part of normal growth and development. During the early childhood growth, knock knees help in maintaining balance and usually self-corrects by ages 7-8.
If the condition doesn’t appear until a child is 6 or older, it could be a sign of an underlying bone disease. Obesity can also contribute to knock knees, or cause a gait pattern that resemble knock knees.
What determines correction treatment?
• Age, overall health and personal/family medical history
• Severity of the condition
• Individual’s tolerance for required procedures and/or therapies
• Personal/caregiver’s decision of treatment options
• Adults with knock knees conditions not treated when young can be prescribed with a customised orthoses to prevent deterioration.
Customised in-toe gait biomechanical insoles
Insoles that are designed to restrict in-toeing caused by rotational deformities of the foot (metatarsus adductus). It alters the break of the ball of the foot during propulsion to encourage realignment of the hip.
Spiral Thigh Brace™
The brace is designed to limit excessive internal rotation (femoral anteversion) at the hip. Ideal biofeedback tool for motor memory and proprioception for gait retraining. Indications for use include knock knees (inturned knees), pigeon toeing and scissoring gait. Brace is often used by children with hypermobility disorders, coordination or developmental disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders and children with awkward running styles, gait abnormalities who trip and fall chronically. The Spiral Thigh Brace™ is a unique and innovative flexible brace that stabilises the hip and legs, while allowing freedom to facilitate a more normal sequencing and flow of movement.