Knock Knees Treatment and Diagnosis
Diagnosing knock knees includes a physical examination and a review of your child’s medical history. The physical exam might include:
- Assessing your child’s height, weight, length and body mass index (BMI).
- Observing your child’s gait.
- Assessing lower-leg alignment and symmetry.
- Assessing lower-leg range of motion.
If your child’s knock knees are caused by an underlying medical condition, or there are signs knock knees isn’t part of normal development, X-rays can provide a more detailed view of the bones.
Most of the time knock knees correction happens on its own and you will only need to continue observation. In rare cases in which the condition continues after age 8, treatment at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare can include custom braces or surgery:
- Guided Growth Surgery slows the growth of bone on the inside of the knee. It can be an option if your child is still growing.
- Osteotomy Surgery involves cutting and re-aligning the bones to better position the leg. This helps distribute weight more evenly around the knee.