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Valgus

General Condition

What is Valgus Deformity?

Valgus deformity is a condition in which the distal segment of a bone is angled laterally, away from the body’s midline. The angle may be present in one or more joints. The term valgus refers to the outward angling of the distal segment, while varus refers to its inward angling.

Valgus deformity can develop due to repetitive movements or high-impact activities such as running, jumping, or dancing. It can also be caused by an underlying medical condition such as arthritis or osteoarthritis.

What are the types of Valgus Deformity?

The most common types of valgus deformity include:

Varus (bowleg) deformity occurs when the knees are turned outward, away from each other;

Valgus (knock-knees) deformity occurs when the knees are turned inward toward each other;

Genu varum (bowlegs) is a combination of lateral bowing of both tibiae (lower leg bones) and medial bowing of both femurs (upper leg bones).

What are the causes of Valgus Deformity?

Valgus deformity is a condition in which the knees become bent outwards, or knock-kneed. It can also be referred to as varus deformity.

The causes of valgus deformity are many and varied, but they all essentially boil down to the same thing: your knee joint is not working properly.

For example, if you have osteoarthritis (an age-related deterioration of the cartilage in your joints), that’s going to cause your knees to move outwards.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease that affects many organs), it will cause inflammation to affect your joints, too—and that means that your knees will bend outwards as well.

What are the symptoms of Valgus Deformity?

If you have Valgus Deformity, you may notice that:

  • You have joint stiffness and pain after exercise or when walking up stairs
  • Your knee feels unstable when walking, running or jumping
  • You have a limp or unsteadiness in your gait

What are the risk factors for Valgus Deformity?

The risk factors for Valgus Deformity include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a family history of Valgus Deformity
  • Having an underlying bone or joint condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or pes planus (a flat foot)
  • Having weak muscles in the thighs and hips
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being sedentary (you don’t exercise)

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Valgus Deformity?

The best exercises to correct valgus deformity are resistance band squats and hip bridges, as well as side lying clams.

Resistance band squats

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the resistance band at chest level with both hands.
  2. Squat down while keeping your knees in alignment with your feet, keeping your back straight and chest lifted.
  3. Slowly return to standing position and repeat for one set of 10 reps per leg (20 total).

Hip bridges

  1. Lie on your back with knees bent at a 90-degree angle and feet flat on the floor. Your arms can be by your sides or crossed over your chest for support and balance (no weights or ankle weights needed).
  2. Lift your hips off the ground until only your shoulders and knees are making contact with the floor; hold for 2-5 seconds before lowering down again slowly back into starting position

What are the treatments for Valgus Deformity?

There are several treatment options for valgus deformity, but it’s important to note that this is a progressive condition—meaning that if it isn’t properly treated, it could lead to more serious issues down the road.

One of the most common treatments for valgus deformity is physical therapy. Physical therapists will work with you to strengthen the muscles around your ankles and feet while keeping your ankles in proper alignment. They may also recommend exercises to help improve circulation and relieve pain in your feet and ankles.

Another option is orthotics, which are custom-made devices designed to help straighten out your feet. These are often made with materials such as plastic or carbon fiber; they can be molded specifically for each patient’s unique needs and can also be adjusted as needed throughout treatment so they continue working effectively over time!

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

General Condition

What brace is used for Valgus Deformity?

Valgus knee unloader braces are used to treat valgus deformity. The brace is specially designed to keep the knee from bending outwards in the direction of the opposite foot. This treatment can help relieve pain and restore mobility in patients with valgus deformity.

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