Treatments forknock knees

In most cases, knock knees don't need to be treated because the problem tends to correct itself as a child grows.

Your child doesn't need to avoid physical activity, wear supportive leg braces or shoes, or do any special exercises.

Mild knock knees that persist into adulthood don't need tobe treated unless they're causing problems, such as knee pain.

Treating the underlying cause

If knock knees are caused by an underlying condition, treatment for this may be necessary. For example, rickets can be treated with vitamin D and calcium supplements.

Osteotomies are mainly used for adults with severe knock knees.

Both procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic , which means you or your child will be asleep while having theoperation.

A child can usually start walkingagain within a few days of aguided growth procedure and return to sports within a few weeks. It can take a few months to return to all your normal activities after an osteotomy.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018