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Knock knees are usually not treated.
If the problem is still present after age 7, the child may use a night brace, which is attached to a shoe or orthopedic shoe.
Surgery may be considered for knock knees that persist beyond late childhood and in which the separation between the ankles is severe.
Children normally outgrow knock knees without treatment, unless it is caused by a disease. For cases needing surgery, the procedure provides good cosmetic results.
Call your health care provider to schedule an evaluation if you suspect your child has knock knees.
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