An average Nigerian do call it “K Leg” because of how it’s shaped. It may come as a shock to you that it’s not called K Legs or “Bend Bend Legs”. Today we’ll not only look into what it’s called, we’ll know more about K Leg.
It’s not called K Leg its called Knock Knees
Knock Knees or Knock Knee syndrome is an incorrect alignment in the knee and it can affect people of all ages.
Why its called knock knee?
It’s called Knock knee because it’s a condition that makes the knee bend inwards towards each other, therefore causing the knees to “knock” or touch each other.
Does it affect both legs?
In most cases, it affects both legs.
Are knock knees temporal or permanent?
Most children who are born with knock knees do get theirs corrected as they grow up. This normally corrects itself as the child grows up without much medical support. If it persists beyond the age of six then it may be a sign of Knock knee syndrome and it could be permanent.
What are the causes of knock knee?
Obesity is one of the causes of knock knee, too much weight can put heavy pressure on the knees and contribute to knock knee.
Other common causes include;
Arthritis on the knee
Rickets is a bone disease that is caused by lack of vitamin D, it’s also a common cause of Knock knee
A congenital condition is a common cause of knock knee, this affects children right before they are born.
Benign bone tumors
Growth plate injury
Fractures that heals with a deformity
Can knock knee be treated?
Yes, it can! Bracing normally works for kids with knock knee, if it fails to work then knee- realignment osteotomy can be done. Osteotomy is a type of surgery in which the bone is cut and reshaped. Surgery is regarded as the final treatment for stubborn and severe cases of knock knees.