Ask the Expert: Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, Answers Your Questions on Knock Knees

Knock knees

Q1. What causes knock knees and can they be corrected? What is the impact on the ankles, knees and hips?

There are many causes for genu valgum (knock knees). Most cases are developmental, where people are born with the deformity and it becomes more noticeable with time. An injury to the growth plate in a child can also lead to knock knees. Knock knees can be surgically corrected. The surgical technique used may vary depending on age.

Knock knees can affect the ankles and knees as well as the hips. This is a form of misalignment and it can cause increasing pressure and pain in the front of the knee because the knee cap is off center. The ankles may struggle to keep the foot flat on the ground. The ankle and foot will need to compensate to make up for misalignment at the knee, often leading to ankle pain. Abnormal hip rotation is often associated with knock knees and can cause hip pain. This needs to be recognized and addressed with any corrective surgery for the knock knees.

Q2. I have knock knees as well as hip and back issues. Is there any correlation?

Knock knees can be associated with knee, hip and back pain. Furthermore, correction of the deformity will often alleviate the pain. If a patient is overweight and has knock knees, then losing weight will help the hip and back pain. Knock knees are often related to leg length differences. A leg length inequality will often lead to hip and back pain. Having the legs equalized will help treat the pain. Consult with a physician for the best course of treatment.

Q3. Is knock knee surgery possible on someone in their late twenties?

Yes, there is no age limit for corrective surgery for knock knees. The surgical technique used may vary depending on age. Children can take advantage of their remaining growth to guide the bones straighter with minor surgery. Adults can benefit from osteotomy surgery on the knee to obtain a correction. Older patients with arthritis will often receive a knee replacement to treat both problems with great success. It is important to consult with a physician to determine the best course of treatment.

Q4. Can knock knees get worse over time?

The deformity can get worse in some cases. In children the deformity can progress with growth. If arthritis is present, the deformity can progress as the joint wears out further. In adults the medial ligaments of the knee can stretch and cause greater deformity.

Q5. Are there any non-surgical treatments for knock knees?

The best non-surgical treatments are aimed at reducing the risk of arthritis development in the knee. This includes maintaining a low body weight, keeping fit while avoiding high impact activities (running, soccer, singles, tennis, basketball, etc.) and bracing. These treatments will not change the knock knee deformity but they will help in reducing the functional problems associated with the deformity. Talk with a physician about the best treatment for you.

Dr. Austin T. Fragomen

Dr. Austin Fragomen is an orthopedic surgeon and the director of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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236 Comments

  1. Hi Doctor.
    My sister’s daughter in Africa has a very obvious bow leg, her name is Amanda and she is 8 yrs. My sister wants to come to the states so the surgery can be done here as to give her daughter a good chance of using legs properly. Please help us with what it will cost for the treatment. Thanks.

  2. Hi
    I’m 24 and I need help as soon as humanly possible. Here’s a little background information. I was unaware that my legs were even knock-kneed until I was a sophomore in high-school, my “friend” pointed it out to me. From then I became really self conscious and unsecured. That same year I dislocated my left leg from practicing a dance at home. Between then and now I’ve probably dislocated my left leg three or four more times in my left leg and once in right. Due to this my left leg ligaments has become extremely weak and I walk with a limp because my left knee is now hyper extended. I honestly just want these problems to go away. I’m ready to proceed with surgery, I just don’t know where to start. Money is not the issue, I just need the proper guidance into getting my legs straight. Please help me asap.

    1. Hi Lola — If you would like to consider Hospital for Special Surgery for treatment, please reach out to our Patient Referral Service at 888-720-1982. Best of luck!

  3. Greetings Doctor . I am a 20 Year old experiencing severe leg pains(including my back and hips). I have had these pains for quite a while . I can’t walk or stand for a long time period …I am bowlegged and I think maybe the pain is caused by this deformity. I went to the Hospital and had x-rays done and was told everything is fine with me . This has really affected me because I Don’t know what to do anymore. The pain is too much for me and has made me to become less social and affects my life in all ways . I’m always at home because when I think of the pain I feel after walking or standing I can’t stand it . Is there anything that can help me with the pain ?.

    1. Hi Eloita — I understand that you are very frustrated. The field of Limb Deformity is new and many problematic deformities are under appreciated. It is possible that the limb malalignment is causing your hip and back pain. In order to help you best, you should see a physician and can reach out to our Patient Referral Service at 888-720-1982.

  4. Hi, Im 33 years old and I’ve had knock knees since I can remember, I’ve always hated my legs and am embarrassed to wear short skirts or short because my legs look deformed. I’ve tried to do some research for surgery to correct this but am unable to find anyone in FL that can do this surgery. I’ve only found one in LA, California. Does anyone know of a clinic in FL that can do this surgery? Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi Kayla- In order to help you best, please try reaching out to our Patient Referral Service at 888-720-1982. If you are interested in being seen by one of our physicians they will be able to identify one for you to consider. Best of luck!

  5. Hi, I’m lucky. I was born with completely straight legs but I started noticing bowing in my legs when I was 13 I am 19 now and I have bowed legs and I fell mild pain on my left foot and sometimes on my right foot when I walk or stand for about 30 minutes. Please help me

    1. Hi Lucky — You are very astute as foot pain is often related to varus knee malalignment. I have even seen foot and ankle arthritis develop from bow legs in some cases! Correction of the bowing while you are still young is the key to longevity of the joints. I would suggest being evaluated with the proper exam and testing to decide what treatment is best for you.

  6. Hi, my name is Vivian and I recently had a knee arthroscopy with partial lateral menisectomy and lateral retinacular release surgery thinking it would be the solution to my knee problem. I have a left genu valgum deformity which developed at the age of 12 and I’m 20 yrs old now. What is the solution to a lateral patella tilt…surgical or not, although I’m afraid to have another surgery done. I’d also like to know how long it takes to recover and are there any complications?

    1. Hi Vivian — It sounds like you have had stage 1 of a valgus knee reconstruction. The next stage is realignment of the femur bone to correct the valgus deformity. I usually do this with a plate and screws. It is a common operation with excellent success. You would need to be protective weight bearing for 6-8 weeks. This will fix the lateral patellar tilt in most cases. I would need to see you to be sure of course.

  7. Im 30 and overweight although I recently lost 70lbs I’ve had this knock knee problem since I was a kid at 11 I dislocated my right knee cap and never did therapy or anything at first I would go to the hospital when it happen but the more it happen I just ice it, rest it, take ibuprofen and put the brace that I had got from the hospital, which was all they did for my knee at the hospital. My right knee is worst then my left knee but my left knee has some pain and is beginning to look valgus as well I am in constant pain it makes it hard to even work out

    1. Hi Lanae- This is a common combination of problems. The surgery to fix the knock knee and the dislocating patella can be done together. In order to help you best, please try reaching out to our Patient Referral Service at 888-720-1982 to see if HSS is the destination for you.

  8. Hello, my name is Rachel and I’m 20 years old. I was diagnosed with knock knees when I was a kid and had corrective surgery when I was 11 or 12. The did not ever take out the hardware and I’m wondering if it has caused all my problems. Since I was 15 I’ve had fairly severe. pain in both knees. When I sit or stand for too long, run, jog, squat, lunge, or do other simple movements, my knees hurt more than just an ache or muscle soreness. I’ve seen doctors, had x-rays and an MRI of just my knee, and been to physical therapy multiple times with little to no improvement. I’ve physically active and try to workout at least 4-5 times a week doing exercises that don’t aggravate my knees but they still hurt. After 5 years I’m frustrated that I can’t seem to figure out why they hurt so badly. Any ideas or advice?

  9. Hey, I am in my early 20’s & I suffer from this condition. I am currently located in the UK and not many doctors know what it is. I first noticed after getting remarks from people in school, it wasn’t constant but occasional & when they’d say it, I’d feel like dirt. It has affected me mentally, so bad to the point I isolate my self from socialising, also I hate walking in front of people because I know they’re laughing inside. When I was 15/16 I could walk for miles without any pain, could play football, run for no reason etc but in the past 5 years the pain has grown immensely & my ankles really hurt when I walk even for short distances, my knees also seem really weak. Please can you refer me to somebody who can help me with procedures, cost & convenient location please, I don’t want to lose the great ability which is walking but I’m scared.

  10. Hello, I’m 16 years old and I have knock knees it doesn’t look good plus it hurts my spine and feet is there a way to correct them without having to do surgery?

    1. Hi Julian – If you are still growing then there is a very minor procedure that can make your bones grow straighter. This will correct the knock knees. – Dr. Fragomen

  11. Hello .. I’m 22yrs old and I have knock knees but since 2 yrs ago I been having pain and I think my ligaments are the one that hurts because I don’t feel pain in the bone. if iwalk to much or stay on my feet for to long they hurt. So I use a knee brace that I got from Amazon … It help sometimes because it takes the presure away but my question is were should I go since the clinic I went they don’t pay attention to that. And I don’t have insurance to go with an specialist
    I’m afraid to get surgery and I wonder if doing some exercises my work?

  12. Hi Dr.when i was 16 years i got really sick but the doctors didn’t get anything because there was no good health facility actually lastly i was not able to walk but afters a month i started to learn to walk but i reallized that my legs became knock kneed .please what do you think

    1. Hi – Knock knees is a common deformity that can have many different causes.
      The treatment may include an investigation into the reason you developed the problem at 16 years old. We need to be sure the bone is healthy. Then a correction of the bone could be done safely. -Dr. Fragomen

  13. my daughter is 9 yrs old she just had knock knee surgery she had corrective plates put on one on ea knee shes complaining of her rt knee knocking when she move it and also tingling on both heels is this normal after surgery and shes also complaining of a lot of pain about how long does the pain last and she don’t want to walk at all it hurt too much

    1. Hi John — This could be infected. You should see a surgeon immediately. -Dr. Fragomen

  14. hello,
    I had an operation 3 months ago for correction of knock knee in one leg, but there is still a little deformity . Is it possible to be cured and be straight normal with any other way specially I am not totally healed.

    1. Hi M.G. – This can be a very complicated question. The bone may be straight. You would need to discuss this with the doctor that performed the surgery. -Dr. Fragomen

  15. hi my daughter with 5.5 yrs old having slight knock knee at right side leg only. No one can identity she is knock knee if she wear pants. she is able to do all activity like other kids of her age. She never told any pain in that area. We consulted with a ortho doctor & he told it will recover by age. no need for any treatment. but asked to repeat x ray once a year to see it is getting better.

    But i pray she should become normal soon. can you advise me what are all the activity she needs to avoid / to follow in order to become normal or not to worsen the case. Like food pattern, games or exercise ? can we go for any ortho shoes / insoles. need your suggestions.

      1. but i am a resident in india. can you please advise me any safety precautions or NOT TO DO activity by her to overcome this , which will help self correction. she is lean with 16 KG & concentrating on avoiding overweight. anything other than this we can do ?

  16. I’m 44 and have knocked knees. I’ve been living with this condition because I never knew that it could be corrected until now. Because of this condition, it causes pain in my knees,legs, ankles, feet, and back. I also lose my balance easily. Am I too old to have the corrective surgery?

    1. “44 is not too old to address knock knees as there are excellent treatments for this. The knees are going to start to become arthritic soon, so treating the condition soon is highly important.” – Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon

  17. Hello doctor.. I want to know that is there is any exercise to remove knock knees in 2 or 3 months because I want to join army and that’s my dream to join army.

    1. Hi Abhi- It would be best to consult with your physician to determine the best course of treatment.

  18. Hi. My name is John and I’m 62 yrs old. My knock knee causing ankle pain and it look like the bone on my foot want to come out. I was given a medicine boot to wear and the pain went away. Now the doctor said that I’m going to need to wear a foot brace which is causing pain every time I wear it. I don’t know what else to do. Any idea!

    1. “Knock knees at 62 years old is usually treated with a knee replacement. It would be best to schedule an appointment with a physician.” – Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon

  19. Hi Dr. Fragomen,

    Brief summary I am 27 yrs old and I have knock knees. I have had two previous surgeries on my right knee for ACL reconstruction and meniscus tears. But the overall issue is the knock knees and I feel like it will only get worse as I get older. I do participate in high intense sports and training. I feel limited in some of my abilities at time as the knock knees do prevent mobility with bending and running. Would Knee Osteotomy be right for me being highly active and being 27 years old?

    1. Hi Kevin, Thank you for your inquiry. We have reached out to Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Austin Fragomen, for his remarks and he has responded with the following: “Yes, high activity is a risk factor for arthritis in patients with knock knees. Realignment allows for return to high level exercise. I would recommend osteotomy, but it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with a physician so that they can give you a more accurate opinion.”

  20. Hi,

    I am 31 years of age and from India.. I have knock knee and I would like to know how much it would cost to treat it.

    Thank you

  21. Dear Dr. Austine Fragomen, I am 22yrs of age and from Nigeria. I have knock knee, I would like to know if there is HSS in Nigeria and the cost of knock knee surgery for an international patient

  22. I am 14 and 55kgs. I’m a slim girl. I’m also 5’9. I have had knock knees since forever. its not as bad as people in the pictures. its neither to much nor just a little bit. I can do everything other people can and don’t feel any sort of pain ever. my parents say there is no need to get any kind of surgery the problem isn’t severe. i don’t play sports often too. I DONT WANT SURGERY. anything but surgery is all I want. so what do i do? can night braces or orthopedic shoes be of any help? can exercises help at all?

    1. Hi Saloni, thank you for your inquiry. We are unable to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is recommended that you consult with a physician with your parent so that they can determine the best course of treatment.

  23. Dear Dr. Austin Fragomen

    I heard that you work in a hospital that is known as the best in treating bones diseases and problems.

    I sent this email to tell you about my brother’s medical situation. He is 24 years old. He has a 40% Genu Varum (bow-leggedness). He weighed 170kgs before. He had Gastric Sleeve surgery. Now, he weighs 100kgs. He has gone through another surgery to remove the extra skin in the chest and abdomen areas that resulted from losing weight. He has been suffering from Genu Varum (bow-leggedness) since a young age. I want to ask you some questions if we will cure my brother’s Genu Varum case in your hospital:
    1- What kind of treatment will you try? Will it be an operation or something else?
    2- How long will the treatment take?
    I hope you can answer my questions as soon as possible.

    Best regards,

  24. Dear Doctor My name is Jessica I have 18 years currently live in arlington virginia but previously was living in El Salvador I am an active person I was training hard in the gym running and practicing yoga but I suspended my activities because my knees hurt so much. El Salvador I was diagnosed with scoliosis and Valgas Rhodian and I told the arch of my feet is prominent and gave me no chance of returning to training or no treatment options I wonder if there choice of treatment for my condition? and if I will be able to retrain? which is the cost of an appointment without insurance?

  25. Hi. I am 23 years. I’m from Nigeria.
    I am in dare need of surgery for my knocked knees, which I have had all my life. It has not been easy being mocked and ridiculed every now and then. My self esteem and self confidence has really become low over time, it makes me to just hate myself! Its so refreshing to know that surgery is now possible and there are many like myself going through the same hurdle.
    How much will it cost me as an international patient? What are the pros and cons?
    pls reply
    thanks

    1. Hi Kelechi, thank you for reaching out. We have forwarded your inquiry to an International Center representative, who will be in contact with you.

    1. Hi Ankur, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: “If your knees and ankles touch, there is no knock knee.”

  26. I am 23 and I discover my knock knee at the age of 15 I don””t fell good when we are with my friends I usually tought a lot and feeling soo stressed Pliz advice me on the price of the surgery and also how long will it takes to heal I don””t want to stress my self since a lot of stress can cause cardiomegarly heart attack and cardiac arrest Pliz if possible reach me at 0720155762

  27. Hello, all 🙂 I had severe knock knee as a pre-teen and early teen. I had a surgery at Children””s Hospital in St. Louis when I was 13, where they put metal plates over the growth plates on the inside of my knees. Before surgery my feet, standing straight up were almost 9 1/2 inches apart and after 2 1/2 years, and the removal of the plates, my feet are about 3-3 1/2 inches apart. I am now 19 and still have some pain in my knees (mostly weather changes and after a lot of physical activity). I also have a problem where my pelvic bone on my right side has been rotated backward- I guess as a cause of my knock knee deformity. I have a hard time keeping it in place- by this I mean it is constantly out and I routinely see a chiropractor who does activator since I found out what the problem was with my hip. As a result of my pelvic bone being out of place, my right leg is a bit shorter than my left. It reality it isn’t shorter, but because of the backwards pelvic bone, it seems shorter and I, of course walk with a limp. Rainy and super cold days are the worst for pain and I am still unable to do physical activity such as, running, jumping, prolong jogging, walking long distances, standing & sitting longer than 1 1/2 at a time. I also have lower back problems/ pain. I say all this to ask for advice on how to lose weight with major physical limitations and to also ask what the name of the surgery I had was. I would really like to know the name, but have no idea what it may be. I remember something said about ””bilateral””, but I think that has to do with the fact that they did both knees? I am honestly at a loss for what the name is and also how to lose weight. I thank you for your time and thank you in advance for all your help! God Bless!! 😀 😀

    1. Hi Suellen, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?The guided growth can work, but it is hard to time and control. You may actually have a leg discrepancy. Bilateral means that both legs need surgery. More information would be needed such as the hip ROM and leg alignment measurements as well as x-rays to give a real opinion. However, I can say that there are several surgeries to correct this alignment. Weight loss will make the process easier and safer and the best way to lose weight is through diet.? It is best to consult with your treating physician before changing your diet or starting a new weight-loss plan. If you wish to seek a consultation at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  28. Hello. Would you recommend that an 8-year-old girl take ballet classes to correct her knock knees?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Sonia, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?I think that an 8-year old girl should get exercise and keep her legs strong. Ballet is a way to achieve those goals. There is no evidence that will help her knock knees. There is a very easy surgery called guided growth that will correct the knock knees. It involves putting a small plate near the growth plate and tethering the bone, causing it to grow straight. This can be done between 8-11 years old.? If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  29. Hello. I””m a 31yr old female and I””ve had knock knees my entire life. They have worsened over time and I experience knee, ankle, foot and back pain on a daily basis. I am 5””8 and 266 lbs. Do you generally require weight loss before correction surgery? If so, what would be the required weight?

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?Weight loss will make the process easier and safer ? it can minimize the risk of blood clots, infection, and inaccuracy of the correction. The best way to lose weight is through diet.? It is best to consult with your treating physician before changing your diet or starting a new weight-loss plan. If you wish to seek a consultation at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  30. Dear Dr, Fragomen, I have a problem with my shoulder for more then 2 years (injured at work) i was evaluated by Dr. Klein, He said i need shoulder replacement. Can i make an appointment with workers comp insurance?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Marina, thank you for reaching out. We have sent your inquiry to a representative of our Physician Referral Service, who shall be contacting you shortly.

  31. I””m 19 years old . I was born with straight legs but when I was in elementry school I was running and it felt like my hip gave out because I fell straight to the floor . Ever since than my hip would make these popping noises as time progressed I started walking pigeon toed and having knocked knees when I got pregnant and gained weight I feel like it got way worse . My whole life is revolved around the way I walk . I””m embarrassed to go out in public and get mocked or stared at this has been my biggest insecurity and it””s always been my dream to fix my legs … Please help

    1. Hi Loren, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?A physician would need to see you and your x-rays to tell you what a corrective surgery would entail. I can tell you that there is at least one operation to fix it. It is worth getting checked out and informing yourself of the options.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  32. Hello, my husband is severely knock knee and flat foot. After years of searching, we had found a shoe style with a roll-bar which prevents his feet from tearing the sides out of his shoes in less than a month. The problem is his knees have started to swell and ache. He says they feel stiff and warm sometimes. He will not talk to our doctor. What would you advise? He is 59 years old.

    1. Hi Diane, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?I recommend that your husband requests a consultation as he needs special x-rays to determine the next step in treatment.? If your husband wishes to receive treatment at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  33. Hello, I’m 24 and have had knock knees my entire life. As a child my doctors told my parents it wasn’t a big deal but now it has gotten much worse. I went to the orthopedist a year ago and they gave me excersises to do to help realign my knee but they were too painful to do. I Am overweight Nd have been trying to lose weight but it hurts too much. I would like to know how long and intensive correction would be. I’m 5’7″ and 290 pounds. When I stand with my knees together my feet are approximately 14-16 inches apart.

    1. Hi Arielle, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?It sounds like you would benefit from the surgery to help your knee and patellar alignment. However, at 290 lbs, it will be risky to perform the surgery as the risk for infection, blood loss, and blood clots become too high. A physician would recommend that you get below 230 lbs before considering this kind of surgery.? It is best to seek consultation with a physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  34. I””m 16 and have knocked knees i don””t know if my case will be able to correct without surgery but i have some pictures and wanted to know Dr if you take a look and give me your opinion it would mean a lot to me.

    1. Hi Oswaldo, thanks for reaching out to us. It is best for you and your parent or guardian to consult with your treating physician who is most familiar with your medical history and treatment plan.

  35. Hi, I’m 14 and my hips been in extreme pain for about 3-4 weeks now. As of about 2 weeks ago my hip has been swollen. On Wednesday the pain was so back I literally got sick to my stomach. It’s exteremly difficult for me to walk, sit or stand. No matter what I do it hurts, and now it causes unbearable pain to put any weight on it at all. Do you have any idea what’s wrong with my hip? How do I stop the pain?

    1. Hi Sabrina, thank you for reaching out. We are not able to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician with a parent. Wishing you the best!

  36. Hi… i m 17 years old ,suffering from knock knee for last 5 years (female)
    i don’t have any problem in walking or running but i am not okay with my posture
    Please help me, please

    1. Hi Ayushi, thank you for reaching out to us. It is best for you and your parent or guardian to consult with your treating physician who is most familiar with your medical history and treatment plan.

  37. Hello, my left knee is not straight I always feel shame when I wear leggings please help me how can I make straight I really need it.thanks

  38. hi i have a kneecap problem and i have done surgery in one leg buh the problem is still that i cant be able to extend and flex it well, i dont know what to do pls can u be of help?

    1. Hi Mimi, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to seek an in-person consultation with a physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  39. hi..am 20 years old..m very fit and active ..i don’t have any kind of pain in knees….!
    i came to know about my knock knee problem 7-8 years ago…..
    i showed to many doctors and they only suggested with one option and that is surgery…
    My parents are very scared of surgery because they think that after surgery there will be chances of complications or injury in my knees.They think that surgery is not a good option but i want it should be done because i am not happy with my knock knees posture.
    So i just want to ask is there any chances of complications after knock knee surgery?

    1. Hi Khushboo, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?The good news is that knock knees can be corrected in what has become a safe and routine surgery. The exact surgery indicated varies on the origin of the knock knee deformity: femur v. tibia. The method of correction within each of these bones can vary as well based on the patient?s needs. This is one of the most common surgeries I perform. I believe that we now have reached a new era in deformity correction with many available surgical options that produce excellent results with minimal risks. There is always a chance of complication, but thankfully that risk is extremely low.? It is best for you to consult with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  40. Hello Sir,
    One of my friends is having Knock Knees. I was told that she got this due to an accident. She is 32 years old now and choosing a surgery.
    Are there any other ways to get rid of these? Can it be treated bu Physiotherapy? What are the chances of side effects after such a major surgery.?

    1. Hi Pallavi, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: “Knock knees can be corrected safely and is best to undergo the surgery at a center of excellence. There are 3 different surgeries for this condition with different risks. The correct surgery depends on which bone is deformed and if there are other problems that need to be fixed at the same time, like a limb length difference or a rotational problem.? Learn more about the 3 ways to correct knock knees by reading Dr. Fragomen’s blog post: https://www.hss.edu/playbook/ask-the-expert-three-state-of-the-art-ways-to-correct-bowlegs/#.V2MIGLsrKUk. It is best for your friend to seek consultation with a treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If your friend wishes to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  41. Dr Austin this is my situation:I have slightly arched legs,but they”re very apparent and I”d like to know if by straightening them I could increase any centimeters in height?So you have an idea my knees get some 3.5 cm apart from each other when I try to join them.Thanks in advance for you attention.warm regards,

    Marlon Hoeser

    1. Hi Marlon, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?A correction of the deformity is possible. Lengthening the legs is also possible, but is not covered by insurance.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  42. Am 22yrs a male, i wasnt recruited to the army because i was told during the body selection process that am having knock knee, so i want to know how long it will take for me to sort this out, am currently working out and am in Ghana

    1. Hi Emmanuel, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?The good news is that knock knees can be corrected in what has become a safe and routine surgery. The exact surgery indicated varies on the origin of the knock knee deformity: femur v. tibia. The method of correction within each of these bones can vary as well based on the patient?s needs. This is one of the most common surgeries I perform. I believe that we now have reached a new era in deformity correction with many available surgical options that produce excellent results with minimal risks. It is difficult to define exactly how long the process will be because it depends on the surgery indicated. Roughly 4.5 months is needed to finish the process.? It is best for you to consult with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our International Center at 212-606-1186 or by email at international@hss.edu. For more information on the International Center at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/international-center.asp.

  43. Hi,
    I am 16 years old and I am severely knock kneed. My self esteem is drastically affected it by it because I feel so stupid when I walk. I am also severely overweight. I noticed that the knock knees got worse as I gained weight. I plan to diet and lose weight. I dream of being able to one day walk straight without being self conscious. Will this weight loss, help correct my knock knees?

    1. Hi Nikey, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are not able to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician with a parent.

  44. When I’m standing by touching my ankle my both the knees get touched( it is just touching each other) how can I correct it??

    1. Hi Rahul, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: “Any perceived deformity should be evaluated by an expert in limb deformity.” It is best for you to seek consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

    1. Hi Lynn, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?It would be reasonable to leave the sutures in place under a cast for several weeks depending on the surgeon?s protocol.? It is best that you consult with your treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment during your recovery process.

  45. My son has extreme knock Knee. We have seen a pediatric orthopedics surgeon at Colorado Children”s hospital. They are not treating him, and are not worried about his constant pain. They say it will correct itself by age 7. I have also been told that this is a very common thing in children. His legs are as bad as those pictured above. I have x-rays showing how bad his left hip is. When weather is extremely cold out, he can barley move his left leg.
    What can I do? My son is 3 years old, and he just seems to be getting worse. My son can not run, he can barley jump. He can not get in our SUV without help, since he can not lift his left leg up. How do I get doctors to pay attention?

    1. Hi Molly, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?Knock knees are at their worst at age 3 and will correct themselves until age 7. After that, guided growth with little plates will get the knees straight if needed as bracing does not help. There are certain conditions that can cause abnormal knock knees and may require early intervention. The child should be followed annually. When your son turns 4, his knock knees should be better.? It is important to consult with your treating physician who is familiar with your son?s medical history and treatment plan. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance

  46. PLEASE HELP! My knees pointed in and feet pointed out in 2007 I got a tib fib rotation then in 2011 I got hardware removal, and now I am in the most pain ive ever been in on my right knee and it is also back pointed to the left. The left knee is straight since the alignment surgery but my right knee isn’t and now I am in the most pain ice ever Been in. I can’t walk for long, stairs are horrible, I can’t drive longer than 10 minuets it’s pushing the breaks that is bad. I don’t know what to do or what it could be, besides horrible pain some specific symptoms are it will hurt and then it will pop, sitting in the movies when I stand up I almost fall from how painful and stiff it is, a lot of sharp stabbing pain and now new symptom is some stinging. I am 23 and don’t know what it could be, please help email or reply, tdonato4@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Tamberly, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?This sounds like a torsional deformity, either from the tibia or femur. This type of malalignment places many abnormal stresses on the knee joint. The best solution is to be evaluated by a limb deformity expert where a proper diagnosis can be made and treatment reviewed. The good news is that there is a solution for this problem. We are in an era where deformity treatment is safe, routine, and reliable.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

    1. Hi Rohit, thank you for reaching out. Recovery time can vary. It would be best for you to seek an in person consultation. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  47. I am 21 turning 22.. I used to have severe knee problems about 4 years ago and that’s when I first realized I was knock-kneed. I am still knock-kneed but it is not severe, its very mild but I don”t like the look of my legs. Now I only occasionally get knee pains. Can I have a corrective surgery? What are the implications? How long is the recovery? Thank you!

    1. Hi Yasmin, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?Thanks for your questions. At your young age, it is common to have no symptoms from knee mal-alignment. However, over time, the knees will start to cause pain. The fact that you are having mild knee symptoms already is concerning. Often valgus alignment (knock knees) will put extra stresses on the patella (knee cap) as well as the main knee joint. Re-alignment surgery will correct these abnormal stresses and protect the cartilage in the knee. It will also make the legs look great. Many people come to me because they do not like the appearance of their legs. I perform the surgery to protect the knee, improve the mechanics of the entire lower extremity, and enhance peoples functional ability. A side effect is that the appearance of the legs improves dramatically. It is similar to brushing your teeth to make them look better when you are actually preventing tooth decay and improving the longevity of your dentition. So, it is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. I cannot comment on the surgery itself because there are three different surgeries I perform for this problem. The surgery indicated depends on the source of the deformity: femur v. tibia v. knee joint; presence of other deformities or leg length inequality, size of the thigh, metabolic problems, etc. However, in general, there is a period of crutch use for at least 6 weeks. The weight bearing ranges from 30lbs to full weight bearing. Typically, the hospital stay is 3 days and total time to healing a bone is 3 months. Ability to work varies depending on job requirements. The success rate is excellent (no major complications to date and we always achieve our goals).? It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  48. I am 28 years of age. I am from India.
    My dream to join the Regular Indian Army didn’t come true because I was considered medically unfit due to my slight knock knees.
    Still I have some hope to join the Reserved Indian Army which also require same physical standards.

    If I undergo surgery, will I be able to carry out military physical training?
    Or my dream to be a part of Indian Armed Forces will never come true in this life?

    Please give me some information in general that after undergoing surgery will my legs remain as strong as I am? Right now I can run up to 5 km in 25 minutes. I never had pain or any other problem related to ankles or hips due to my knock knees.

    1. Hi Rudolf, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?I am not familiar with the requirements of the Indian military, but it is curious that you can run 5x 5 minute km and still be unfit for duty because of slight valgus at the knees. I am hesitant to recommend surgery due to your already excellent athletic abilities. You should seek consult with a physician so that they can better understand the magnitude of the deformity you perceive.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our International Center at 212-606-1186 or by email at international@hss.edu for further assistance.

    1. Hi Curt, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  49. Respected Sir,
    I have a son who is 2.10 yrs old and suffering with the problem of knock knees.we knew this before 3 months and treatment started as shoes and mermaint sprint (night belt).
    Is this treatment enough or we should think about surgery?
    Please give me your best suggestion as i can make my son healthy and fit.
    thank you so much.

  50. Hi doc my name is Dwight I don”t have that bad knock knees but I really have bad back problem an hips an above the buttocks an a lil knee too but I really need the surgery for my knock knee an I want to know the cost of operation or if it can be done without operation…?

  51. Hi I live in Austin Texas. I have really bad knocked knees, I have had them since I was a kid. I really want to correct them I am 21. How expensive is it to get surgery done? At what age would it be to late to get surgery? Can I slowly correct it without surgery?

  52. Dear Dr. Austin I have a very bad knock knees and right leg deformity I have pain on my side hip and knee down. I was reading in your website how effective you are in helping people with problem walking, sitting and even laying down are a nightmare for me I pray God one day I will feel better. I am 59

  53. Hi Dr,

    I have knock knees which I presume I got from my grandmother because she has them as well, but much more severe & noticeable. With mines I have a leg length inequality, where my right leg is longer than my left. Now it isn’t that noticeable unless I lose focus while standing & I’ll drop my right leg showing the length difference. Another thing I wanted to bring to light was the fact that my legs stands on my feet weird. If you can provide any info as to what I have going on & what may be some options for me that will be a great help.

    1. Hi Anthony, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  54. When i was born one leg was longer then the other! I had some therapy and both legs pretty even now! Just hip issues! My question is my 2yr was bow legged a little when she first started walking! And now only her right leg/new is tilted in ward! Could this because her right leg is really just a little longer then left leg so to compensate it tilted in? Can this be fixed with different proper shoes and therapy?
    Thanks Shanah m Boye

    1. Hi Shanah, thanks for reaching out. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says, ?2 years old is a little young to conclude much. I would need to evaluate your child to see what the problem is. Typically, intervention starts around 5 years old. Your hip problems may well be from a limb length discrepancy that you compensated for by tilting your pelvis. This can lead to hip arthritis. This is preventable by wearing a shoe lift or lengthening the leg (or shortening the long leg). I suggest having this checked out as well.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  55. My son is 2.5 years old and since last 6 month we notice knee locking same as per picture attached with this post. We are worried but our son is not experiencing any kind of pain but his walking style, leaning on one leg is quite visible. We are worried. How can we treat this? Will he able to walk like normal person if get treated? What kind of treatment is available for this? Please help

  56. Hello doctor, it started off slowly without me noticing untill people started asking me what happened to your knees. I would want you to refer me to a south african goverment hopital where they are able to corrent my case. Kind regards, Theresa

  57. I am 37 and have knocked knees and I desperately need a solution as this condition is affecting my self esteem. Does corrective sur gery have any future implication? How long will it take to get this done? What is the cost implication? What other alternative treatment is available apart from surgery? Is the surgery guarranteed 100% success? Thanks

  58. Am Eniola from Nigeria. This site has been so helpful. it might sound creepy but it”s comforting to know that am not in this alone. My self-confidence is bashed cos am knock-kneed. I think about it every day. Pls,what about the side effects after surgery? Hope one won”t go from being knock-kneed to being crippled?

    1. Hi Eniola, thanks for reaching out. For more information on knock knees, click here: https://www.hss.edu/limb-lengthening-realignment-knee-deformities.asp#.U3pgRtJdXTo. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information, visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp. For information on traveling to HSS for care, please contact our Coast to Coast program at 212-606-1610 or visit https://hss.edu/coast-to-coast.asp.

  59. Hi this is Sakina, m 26 years old and m Indian. I have problem of knocked knee since the age of 12 but from my childhood till the age of 12 i didn’t have this problem but suddenly from the age of 12 i have this. I really don’t know the reason y it happened to me. And i never have any kind of pain in my knees but still i want to get it corrected. I consulted to a physician for this and he advised me to get my both legs operated at the same time. Is it right to get it done? Please help me answering my question. Is there a lot of pain in this surgery? M really scared of this.

  60. I am a health 60 years old. At the age of 7 I had a foot to Lawn Mower injury. The lawn mower lost due to a brilliant surgeon. I danced ballet, wore heels and only began to limp from pain 40 years later.

    That is where I Am. I Am a Flight Attendant of 40 years and wish to continue, but know that I can”t much longer if my foot pain cannot be corrected. The crux of my pain is scar tissue. Without help? I”ll be in a cripplling situatation.

    Can you help me?

    1. Hi Marcie, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  61. Hello,
    I am an 18 year old and in the last year I have become very active and take workout classes, including weight training. I noticed that I couldn’t put my feet together like other people in the class, and when I did squats and ran upstairs my knees would make a “popping/crunching” sound. So I looked it up and sure enough I had knocked knees. I am starting to get worried about the sounds my knees make and want to fix my knocked knees.
    I was hoping that there was exercises I could do that would correct it. Is this true? Is there any physical therapists I could go to? I really am uneasy about getting surgery. Is there anything else that I can do? Thanks.

  62. I am 37 yr old South African with knock knees. i”ve had ACL on my left knee and I suffer terribly with hip and back pain. I have seen my GP on more than one occasion and all they recommend is physio therapy for my back. Please help me?

  63. First time at orthopedic can he limit my restriction for standing on the job with severe osteoarthritis

    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  64. i am 20 yrs old college student….i have knock knees since 12-13 age.My knees pain when ever i walk for long time..i wanna know that i have a time of 2 month so can i do surgery.Is it 2 month OK for complete bed rest because i m a college student so its impossible for me to have 3 months to take full bed rest.

  65. What is the condition called where both knees are knocked and both knees are bending to either the right or left together. And what can be done at the age of 65,

  66. Hey am 16 and my knees are a little bit knocked.. it kinda pull me down sometimes..and i don’t want dat..m so afraid of surgery..please i need help

  67. Dear sir,
    I have a 3 year male child. I have noticed that my child has knee lock condition. Even he did not put his foot straight. What to do. whether i should go for medicine or surgery..
    Please reply..

    1. Hi Vimal, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Emily Dodwell, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, says: “From your description, it is a bit difficult to understand exactly what your son’s symptoms are. When we talk about a locked knee, it typically describes a knee that gets stuck in one position, either straight or bent. The most common cause of locking is a problem with the meniscus, the cushioning tissue within the knee joint. However, there are a number of other causes that could explain a locked knee. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon could determine the cause through taking a complete medical history, examining your son, and possibly obtaining x-rays or other images. Once the cause has been determined, the surgeon would recommend treatment options.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  68. As a child I was diagnosed and treated for genu varum, currently my legs are looking normal as they have been from age 7, when I finished the recovery. Now I’m pregnant and I’m worry my hips could be somehow deform, and could cause problems once I reach my due date. Is this possible, or genu varum holds no connection to the hips?

    1. Hi Em, thank you for reaching out. Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?If your genu varum was corrected and your legs are now straight, there should be no causative problem to the hip. Your limb alignment can be checked if you feel like something does not feel right.? It is best to consult with your treating physician. If you wish to receive treatment at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  69. hi i am 22 and have knock knees,im afraid of surgery! how that is? is that painful? does non-surgery remedies work instead?
    thanx

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician to get a better diagnosis. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  70. Hi I am Shweta. I am 31 years old. I have this knock knee problem. How can I solved this problem without surgery? Is it possible doing exercise regularly? Please help me I live in Kolkata, India. Can u recommend me good orthopaedic doctors in India.

    1. Hi Shweta, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician to get a better diagnosis. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our International Center at 212-606-1186 or by email at international@hss.edu for further assistance.

  71. Would like to know if there are any doctors in
    India .who can help me to correct my knok knee with out surgery
    please advise

  72. hello I am pooja .I am 21 year old I have a problem before 10 years . how can I solved this problem with out surgery please help me I live in New Delhi

    1. Hi Pooja, thank you for reaching out. It is best that you consult with your treating physician to find a suitable non-surgical treatment for you. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our International Center at 212-606-1186 for further assistance.

  73. i am 19 years old and have knock knees my knees do not bend but only knock when i stand straight. I want to join the military but with knock knees I do not have a chance. Can knock knees be eliminated by exercise and horse riding. And if yes how much time will it take>

  74. Hi, Like many others, I have been researching on venu valgum and reading upon Dr. Rozbruch & Dr. Fragomen. I have read from other posts they are both wonderful at their profession. I am 28 yrs. old and have been experiencing knock knees all my life. As a toddler, I did receive limited treatments- casts and orthopaedic shoes-from what I can remember. However, treatments were discontinued due to whatever reason. As a result from inconsistency of treatments, I feel if I have been punished.

    About 2 years ago, I went for a orthopaedic consult due to aches and pains in my knees- esp. my left knee to pick up was left off. I was told I was fine and everything appears to be normal. I did correction workouts to help. It doesn’t feel normal. Over the years, I’ve experienced increase aches and pain when I walk and stand. I have also had an increase of low-esteem deep inside. However, I do well at masking it with my great personality and beautiful smile. I don’t want to suffer even more in the future. I can choose to deal with it and just be the individual GOD made me to be. But, I would like to look into correctional surgery for knock knees. I would love to receive trws treatment from the best. Unfortanely, I am from SC. Could you recommend an excellent M.D. who Dr. Rounding & Fragomen would personally recommend in my area?

    Thanks for reading my lengthy email.

    1. Hi Shell, thank you for reaching out. We have sent your question to Westley Holiday, Coast to Coast (C2C) Program Coordinator, and he should be contacting you shortly.

  75. Kay from Nigeria. So happy to have this information. My son is 14 years with a knock knee, this makes him loss his self confidence when with his peer, I really want to get it corrected for him. Hw do l go about.

  76. sir my both knees are paining since 2012but paining alot in winters?
    summers.are.okay with my knees . I
    cant situps ..

  77. Hi this is salman 24 year old. My little finger is fractured i already consult with the doctor and treatment is also over (x ray then POP)?

    Still i dont have grip on my little finger its not actioning unable to strech nothing. I covered it with a bandage just. Can any one tell me how much time it will take to heal and what shall i do now for care? Even swelling at injury place.

    1. Hi Salman, thanks for reaching out with your question. Dr. Duretti Fufa, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?Swelling can persist anywhere from 6 months to a year after a fracture. Working with an occupational therapist can help with increasing movements. You should follow-up with a hand surgeon for the best course of treatment.? It is best to consult with your treating physician who is most familiar with your injury and treatment plan. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  78. I”m a 17 year old high school student. I have had knock knees since I was a very young kid. As a kid, the doctor gave me inserts to put into my shoes. Unfortunately they did not help. I am seriously considering surgery. My knees make me feel very insecure. I also have pain in both knees, but not constantly. Is surgery the way to go?

    1. Hi Makayla, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are not able to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is best for you to consult with you treating physician with a parent.

  79. Hi,

    This site is very helpful for knock knee community. I have knock knees, I am interested in the surgery, I don’t know about possible complications involved in this kind of surgery. Could you please let me know about the complication, so I can make a decision if I go forward for the surgery?

    Thanks,

    Susan

  80. This site is very helpful for knock knee community. I have knock knees, I’d like to know about the possible complications involved in the surgery.

    Thanks,

    Susan

    1. Hi Susan, thank you for reaching out. Determination on whether or not surgery is appropriate would be made by your treating physician after an in-person confultation. If you are interested in care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for assistance.

  81. Hello
    My legs were straight from birth. At age 13 I started having serious pains on my knees which later made my knees knock with the right leg a little more knock than the left- Maybe due to the condition in which I grew- the doctor gave me tabalon and said it would straighten out as I grow but it didn’t. The pain comes and go in it the cause of my growing up. I’m 27 now and I don’t have low self esteem because my knees are not that knocked but I do feel sharp pain in my knee sometimes when I walk, bend my knees or squat. I do need serious help because of the pains.

    1. Hi Alfred, thank you for reaching out. Please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  82. Would like to know if there are any doctors in California that can perform knock knee surgery, please advise!!!

  83. Hello,
    Since I can remember I’d have had knock knees and never had problems, until the age 12 and 13 I dislocated my right knee but after physical therapy I was find until the age of 20 (now 26) It dislocated again at work and every since I haven’t been the SAME. I always dislocated my right knee and now both of them. I have so much pain, swelling, and can’t do anything. It affects me to work in general….So my question is Having this problem, can I no longer work in my LIFE. EVER AGAIN???? Because I always to lose my job for this reason. And no doctor want to diagnosed me or puts me disable. (Which I already have a permanent disable platcard from a former worker’s Comp.)

    Thank You,
    Patty

    1. Hi Patty, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to be evaluated in person. If you are interested in care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for assistance.

  84. Hi it’s good to c that their is a doc who motivate our community of knock knees….I have knock knees ..m 26 years n I got to know about my condition in this year by orthopedic only…but my right leg pains a lot when I walk for long …n I have arthritis in both legs … my knees pain like hell ……in my family I don’t have history of knock knees then y I have … most people say that my legs r not straight n I put my foot tilted….should I go for surgery please doc suggest me…m really tensed….u can mail me…

  85. My grandmother is 83 and one leg is like the knock knee. And it is bowed inward a lot. I am just wondering if this will worsen for her. Sometimes it takes her a minute to get going or she may lose her balance (hasn’t fallen yet and that is my fear). She wont let me ask her doctor about it either. I have no clue about this sort of issue and cannot find any helpful information about this online regarding her age group.

  86. Hello, I am a 18 year old male who is heavily into soccer, I have in my opinion rather severe knock knees, around a 5 inch gap between my feet. I am interested in surgery to help correct them due to the knee joint getting painful after soccer and other exercises. I find that my left knee is more painful because I am right footed and when more pressure is often put on that joint. Will I still be able to play soccer after surgery? Or at least do exercise such as running and so on. It really is embarrassing also as my legs look ridiculous in clothes! in jeans my legs look awful!

    1. Hi Jack, thank you for reaching out with your question. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?The short answer is that knock knees can be correctable with surgery and that a full recovery to athletics is possible. Knock knee (genu valgum) is a common deformity and can lead to knee arthritis – it is best to be corrected early before arthritis sets in. The surgery varies depending on the X-ray and physical exam. This is a congenital deformity and insurance will likely approve the surgery. The goal of surgery is to alleviate pain, improve function, and prevent arthritis and the look of the legs will also improve dramatically. The next step is to be evaluated and formulate a plan of action.? If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  87. Please help me find a doctor in Los Angeles, CA. that can help correct my knock knees, this condition is so ugly, and it makes my self esteem very low, I”m a little older than the norm but it still affect my daily functions, I hate walking, wearing shorts, and short dresses and or skirts, I need help bad please advise on a gud doctor in California, or do I have to travel to another state just to get the surgery done???

  88. Hello ur site is informative helpful and of course source of inspiration to people like me…I had surgery for. Correction of knock kness yr ago..can I have normal sex life later and have a baby I am in mid twenties reply please

  89. I have knock knees problem any exercise for fit my leg
    please send exercise video on my email id and reply
    thanks…………………..

  90. Hi, I am a Nigerian, I think I have Had knocked knee all my life, I have been mocked I am 36yrs old. I have a daughter and I think she got my legs I am so frightened I don”t want her to experience what I did growing up pls help. She is just 2yrs old.

  91. hy.am frm Nigeria.. Noticed ma knock knees wen ah was abt 11…. Some said its bcuz of hw i wrk, bt nw its makin me feel dwn, nid to get rid of it

  92. I have had knocked knees since I was 11.someone threw me off a high building and back home.I suffered severely. they don’t really have any way to correct this.I am beautiful but feel very ugly.i cannot wear any form of trousers,I have lost many suitors because of my knocked knee,and I have very low esteem.and my knees hurt.I can hear people talk about my leg sometimes,and I feel so bad. I didn’t some research and all the websites said they was no surgery for this.trust and believe me I was already going to talk to a doctor to give them a business idea.the idea is to great a device that adults could put in between their legs underneath a dress or pants that will make the leg look straight and another device we can wear,maybe an hour or two a day to help straighten the leg.there,s a large community of knocked knees people.and am happy we can now do surgery.

  93. my child 4 years old and has knock knees the width between his feet about 6 fingers is the exercise can cure or surgery needed

  94. I was diagnosed with right median neuropathy consistent with carpal tunnel. Would I possibly need surgery on my left hand or on my right hand?

    1. Hi Leya, Thanks for reaching out. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Aaron Daluiski says, ?It depends. If the compression and the symptoms are severe, then I will often recommend surgery. It depends on the symptoms and exam findings. which can be determined by examination of the patient.? It?s best to consult with your physician. If you?d like to make an appointment with an HSS physician, please contact our Physician Referral Service at +1.877.606.1555 or https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp?pageid=6463.

  95. Hi,am from nigeria,i developed pain in my left kneel at d age of 9,with time,i noticed a protruded growth on my left,later,my right knee became affected,i consulted a doctor and was told dat i have exostosis,both knees became knocked,i did a surgery to remove d growth,i was told dat my knees will become normal after d surgery,am 27,d knees are still knocked and sometimes i feel pain,what should i do?should i go for another surgery?

  96. Hi

    My son is 9.5 yrs old and heavily into sports including tennis and soccer. He has knocking knees since birth and we were told it will rectify by itself. He has never complained of any issues while playing but since he wants to get serious into tennis and maybe also take it professionally down the line I am concerned if the knocking knees will become a problem and make him prone to injuries. What should be our course of action?

    1. Dear Pankaj, We?re glad to hear your son is doing so well. Our chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery, Dr. Roger Widmann, recommends your son sees a physician and says, ?Alignment x-rays from hip to ankle will quantify the amount of valgus (knock-knees), and the amount of valgus will dictate the course of action. Usually this is followed for a period of time, and if the valgus is very large and/or increasing then there are minimally invasive surgical options for correction during adolescence.? If you?d like to make an appointment with an HSS physician, please contact our Physician Referral Service at +1.877.606.1555 or https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp?pageid=6463.

  97. Thanks for dis doctor. I’m from Ghana and would like to know more about it because the sight alone kills me

  98. Amazing and awesome post! Million thanks to the honorable doctor for great post.It is so useful and helpful for me and others as well. Very helpful to understand and know a lot of Knock knee. I learnt many things from this great website article. Will visit back this awesome tips site again. God bless you all. Amen! Stay healthy also.

    1. Hi Bekkie ? Thanks for reaching out. Our International Center works to facilitate the clinical and related needs of international patients and their families with cultural sensitivity to ensure the highest quality standard of care. You can contact them at +1 212.606.1186 or international@hss.edu.

  99. This is great …I didn’t know that can be corrected
    I have knock knees but it”s not like it’s severe and I don’t
    have any back pain or joint pain… I’m a very active ! Do you think I should get surgery ?

  100. AFTER dis surgery …how much tym will required 2 get back their ….noral routines….in short …how long dis surgery recovery takes place ?

    1. Priya, Dr. Austin Fragomen says: ?It usually takes 3 months for the bone to heal, then another 6 weeks of rehab to recover to normal activities.? The treating physician will advise on recovery period that is right for you. If you or someone you know would like to come to see us for this procedure, contact Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 or visit them online at https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp.

  101. I am 33 yrs old and knock kneed. I have been all my life. I want to get me legs realigned and really my question is how much would it cost to have my surgery a HSS.
    Are there pictures I could look at?

  102. I am interested in this surgery and I live in NY so going to HSS isn’t a problem. However I am 23 years old, and isn’t recovering from orthopedic surgery much harder when you are older as opposed to when you are younger?

  103. How can I find a doctor close to me for a consultation? I have back pain as well as knee pains but the length between my feet is not as drastic as some. I live in Columbus, Ga.

    1. Hi Justin ? Thanks for reaching out. We recommend the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. They have a section called ?Find an Orthopaedist.? If you are interested in traveling to HSS for your care, please reference the HSS Coast to Coast Program for Traveling Patients website: https://www.hss.edu/coast-to-coast.asp. Best of luck in your search!

  104. First I would like to thank Dr. for this post. It is really helpful. helpful to understand Knock knee. I would be vert very thankful if you reply to my issue described below.

    I am 24yrs female and my knock knee problem was detected some 4 or 5 yrs ago. I think the distance between feet is 21cm. I have read many posts on internet regarding this. I am fine to live with cross legs and I am lookinf for aesthetic look. I dont want to go for surgery. But I would like to know
    1. if the feet gap will increase by age? How to avoid this?
    2. Do we have a way to avoid the pain?
    3. Precautionary measures to avoid pain and the gap.
    4. ways to prevent my knee joint pain.

    Sometimes I suffer from lot of pain. I dont want to get bed ridden 🙁 I request you to please address my issues in detail.

    lot of thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ashu, thank you for your questions on knock knee. For detailed information related to knock knee, please refer to the below links. In addition, you can contact Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 or visit them online at https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp to find a doctor who will be the best match for your condition.

      Articles on knock knee

      An interview with HSS surgeons about knock knees
      https://www.hss.edu/conditions_limb-leg-deformity-pediatric-patient.asp

      Overview on knee joint pain
      https://www.hss.edu/conditions_patellofemoral-arthritis-in-the-knee-overview.asp

  105. Dr. Fragomen and his team both at The Institute For Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction & HSS are absolutely wonderful. It is because of their dedication to their patients that I am on my feet today.

    Sincerely,
    Carlo Ligammari

      1. i have knock knees but not that bad. My thighs touch about 4-6 inches before the bottom of my feet do. i am 18, i recently lost a lot of weight and am currently working out a bit, so i wanted to know if there is any stretch or something i can do like a brace to correct the problem? something that i wont have to sit in a wheelchair for a month or use crutches for a while, because i love playing sports, please answer asap, thanks.

        1. I have a knock knee problem from past 7 years..my legs are totally crossed I want to correct my legs..please doctor help me if surgery is needed I am agree with surgery but legs should b corrected and my DOB is 1991

    1. I have knock knees and my left leg bends move to the left, this makes my left ankle weak, I would like to get both legs corrected, but I”m looking for doctors in Philadelphia, PA. If you could give me any leads I would appreciate it very much, thanks.

      🙂

    2. i have knee knocking problem although its not that much worse , i run 1.5 miles daily and have no problem in that , i am 17 years old , height 5”11 weight 74 kg … how can i completely remove this knee knocking ?????
      waiting for a reply

      1. Hi Danial, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you and your guardian to consult with your treating physician regarding treatment. For more information on Hospital for Special Surgery, click here: https://www.hss.edu.

        1. I have knock knees , my thighs touch each other there is actually no space between them , and its very embarrassing when I wear trousers , I sometimes feel pains in my legs when I walk and my left leg sometimes become stiff when I stretch it , it pains a lot . am 17 years pls what should I do?

    3. I want see a doctor about my knock knees but afraid that you may not accept my insurance. Do you accept UMR? Also what is a round about figure of what this surgery may cost?

      1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. UMR typically utilizes the United Healthcare Network. We would suggest contacting UMR directly to confirm this and that HSS would be considered in-network under your benefit plan. For further assistance, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

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