Valgus deformity of the knee: 4 methods of treatment

The curvature of the knee (valgus) occurs at birth or appear in adulthood. Ignoring the growing signs of the disease can lead to severe deformation of the joints. Talk about valgus deformity of knee joints, we will deal with the dangerous effects of unsightly appearance of the limbs.

What is a valgus

Valgus curvature (legs look like a letter X) may occur at any age, from birth. On the presence of valgus deformity of the knee (see photo below), that is to say, if the interval between the ankles (on the inside) is more than 5 cm, with dense compression straight knees.

With this curvature, the inner joint gap expands and the outer, on the contrary reduced.

Signs of curvature valgus

Determine the valgus knee joints by the following symptoms:

  • the knees of both legs, along with feet, as if turned to the outside. Perhaps the development of flatfoot;
  • when walking, there is fatigue, pain appear;
  • if valgus affected one limb is affected the spine, and scoliosis;
  • if it is left untreated, there is a drag motion;
  • in the form congenital valgus of the disease, the possible deviations of the neck femoral;
  • valgus noticeable when examined by x-ray.

Assign the degree of development of the joint valgus:

  • initial, where the deviations of the lower leg (laterally) does not exceed 10 or 15 degrees;
  • in the second stage, Shin was reduced by more than 15-20 degrees;
  • severe stage of hallux valgus is accompanied by severe curvature of the extremities, with a deviation of 20 degrees, and more.
Signs of hallux The causes of hallux valgus

There are the following causes of the deformation of the knee joints:

  • the curvature of the birth (unilateral and bilateral);
  • a great load of the limb in children, with a combination of rapid growth of the child, and the simultaneous under-developed ligaments. This is one of the common causes;
  • diseases related to l' (rachitis, paralysis);
  • damage to the bones of the pelvis;
  • incorrect, poor quality of the shoes, with which the compression of the foot and, consequently, it is a wrong;
  • excess weight;
  • injuries of the knee;
  • the influence of the environment.
If valgus detected in childhood, and is not treated, the adult can cause serious problems.

Hallux valgus in children

Valgus deformity of the knee joints in children is of two types:

  • a face. Hallux valgus affects only one of the limbs;
  • bilateral. The deformation of the two legs.

It is believed that valgus limb occurs in childhood when there is a clear connection of the tribes, and the simultaneous retraction of the legs. In some cases this condition gradually comes to normal. If a visible distortion remains, it is necessary to quickly take steps to correct the defect, while the muscle mass and ligaments of the child is not formed completely.

The most notable development of the disease occurs during the first steps of the child when learns to walk. Baby feet experiencing high loads, therefore, can occur deformation.

Parents must understand that valgus can affect not only the knees but also the feet of the child. When valgus disease begins to develop a curvature of the spine.

If you do not treat the disease, growing, the child will experience pain during walking, suffer from flat feet and scoliosis.


Treatment of valgus deformity of the knee in children should include the following set of measures:

  1. the use of prosthetic materials;
  2. physiotherapy;
  3. change the mode of day, style of life, together with preventive measures;
  4. massage;
  5. special physical exercises.
Operational method to correct valgus in children is not usually used. Surgery is indicated for older people, when the deformation is accompanied by the inflammation of a different nature.

We consider each point in the treatment of valgus knee joints in children.


To help the joints in valgus, the use of special tires, manufactured in orthopedic lounge, locking the joint part of the limb at the knee. These tires are collected, and left for the night. The use of products orthopedic is only possible after the medical consultation.

The doctor should control the use of the tires, and check the degree of fixation. If you use tires, there are contra-indications in the violation of the exit of the blood from the extremities.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy to help you deal with the valgus knee in children. When assigning holistic treatments, it is possible to improve the blood flow to the extremity affected to strengthen the muscle. As a result of a complex set of facts there is an opportunity to correct the valgus deformity of the limb, and to give support to the joints when walking during the treatment.

Preventive measures related to life style

If diagnosed valgus knee, we recommend the following points (in combination with other treatments), which can help to prevent the development of the curvature of the limbs:

  1. parents must ensure that the child was not long on their feet. At the time of treatment should be limited to games where the child must hold;
  2. one of the most effective methods in the treatment of valgus, is the massage, that we are going to talk about it;
  3. if necessary, the doctor prescribes the child special shoes orthopedic;
  4. parents have to control the temperature of the room where the baby. When valgus curvature dangerous overheating and overcooling of the limbs. In case you do not comply with the temperature regime, the disease may progress;
  5. wearing orthopedic tires mentioned;
  6. the surgery may be used in exceptional situations, there are other methods;
  7. in hot time of the year the child is encouraged to walk barefoot (on grass, sand);
  8. special gymnastic exercises, which also focus on.

Notice that the baby's legs are not well, it is not so difficult. Parents should pay attention to how he walks them little. If the legs are very good, while walking the feet parallel and the load is applied on the heel and a cushion for fingers. When deformation of the joints during the movement, the baby comes from the inside of the foot and little finger is usually in good condition. This motion suggests a clear development of valgus.


Course of massage is performed with emphasis on the lumbar and dorsal muscles, but also affects the buttocks and the inner surface of the limbs.

When valgus curvature is usually prescribe a course of massage that consists of 12 or 20 sessions, in compliance with the intervals of 2 to 4 weeks. Depending on the number of sessions, the procedures that are performed every day or every two days.

The session begins with a massage of movements in the lumbar region, then moves to the buttocks and the spine. Then proceed to massage thighs and the inner part of the shins. Perform movements of massage on the feet.

Massage Special exercises

Special exercises with a valgus joint deformity, help only when their regular run. There are several movements, which are of concern in the curvature of the knee:

  • undesirable prolonged standing with her legs wide apart. It is necessary to control the movement of the child, and not leave it for a long time in a standing position;
  • it is forbidden to slide on the ground with your feet together;
  • it is impossible to compress the knees when sitting;
  • it is not recommended to exercise, where you have to overcome the resistance.

Parents need to watch baby during any physical activity, to exclude a list of charge and, therefore, worsen the situation.

The doctor will prescribe exercises that need to be addressed several times a day. The Classes are conducted after the session of massage while still relaxing the muscles, as well as at other times. For your convenience, all the exercises can be divided into groups, and perform individually.

It is important to note that in the development of the child occur unusual changes, and promptly seek medical advice.

How to forget the pain in the joints forever

Have you ever felt an unbearable pain in the joints or constant back pain? Judging by the fact that you are reading this article you already know personally. And, of course, you know that:

  • constant pain and acute pain;
  • the impossibility of comfortable and easy to move;
  • constant tension of the muscles of the back;
  • nasty creaking and clicking in the joints;
  • acute low back pain of the spine or excessive pain in the joints;
  • inability of time to sit in the same position.