Leg Aleignment

Gold Coast Children’s Podiatrist

Leg Aleignment –  Treatment

Children’s legs change shape as the go through different stages of growth. If out of the norm this can facilitate injuries and arthritis. It is important to make sure everything is in the best alignment possible.

It is unusual for the knees to be incorrectly aligned if the feet are properly aligned

Genu Varum – (Bowed Legs)

  • Normal development of a child at birth, it should start to disappear by the age of 2
  • If it persists it can lead to early onset of osteoarthritis in the knees
  • Treatment involves orthotics used to open up joint spaces in the knees and re-align feet to the legs
  • In extreme cases surgery maybe indicated
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Genu Recurvatum – (Knee Hyperextension)

  • This is not a normal stage of growth
  • Caused by hyper flexible ligaments or being double jointed.
  • Causes instability within joints
  • Can be as a result of some sports E.g. Gymnastics and Dance (ballet most commonly)
  • Abnormal compensatory pronation is often seen as a result of a person being too flexible/double jointed
  • If it persists it can lead to early onset of osteoarthritis in the knees and soft tissue strains
  • Can be treated with orthotics, heel raise, taping of the knees/proprioreceptive work, and strength work

Gene Valgum – (Knocked Knees)

  • Normal development for the age of 2 years and should gradually straighten by the of age 7
  • Can be associated with in-toeing gait, abnormal pronation, and bunions
  • If it persists it can lead to early onset of osteoarthritis in the knees
  • Treatment involves orthotics used to open up joint spaces in the knees and re-align feet to the legs
  • In extreme conditions surgery maybe indicated
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