05 Sep 2018 Does Your Child Have Knock Knees?
Not too long after your child started to walk you have noticed that their knees are always touching and bumping each other during standing and walking. You know this is a common theme within your family as your knees also touch when standing but unsure if this is going to become an issue as your child gets older.
So what exactly are Knock Knees?
Generally, children are likely to develop knock knees also known as Genu Valgum around the ages of 2-3 years’ old, before this your child’s legs often use the knock knees to assist in balancing while learning to walk. Sometimes the severity will increase until around 4 years old. While knocked knees is part of your child’s development this usually will straighten out by the age of 6.
While knock knees generally is part of normal development sometimes knock knees does not correct itself as your child grows and become older. One of the most common reasons your will develop knock knees is due to flat feet. As we get rotation inwards of the feet, ankles and legs the next stage of rotation inwards will be at the knees hence we get this knock kneed appearance. The feet and ankles will not touch only the knees.
Other conditions that may result is this occurring can also include the following neurological condition: cerebral palsy and spina bifida in which the muscles within the legs pull on the bones changing the position the thigh bones and knees.
So if you have a family history of flat feet or you have noticed that your child’s knees are constantly touching during standing and walking make sure to come and see one of our friendly podiatrist today just call 8645 9845 or book online today so our podiatrist can assess your child and provide the appropriate treatment plans.