Swelling In Knees And Ankle Joints

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Definition

Knock knees is a condition in which the knees touch, but the ankles do not touch. The legs angle inward.


Alternative Names

Genu valgum


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Infants start out with bowlegs because of their folded position in the uterus. The infant's bowlegs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk (at about 12 to 18 months). By age 3, the child becomes knock-kneed. When the child stands, the knees touch but the ankles are apart.

By puberty, the legs straighten out and...

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