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Genu Valgum

I am 33 years old and I was recently told that I have genu valgum.  I never even had heard of such a problem
until now.  I also have alot of artritis in both my knees.  There is about 20 inches between my ankles when I am
standing with my knees straight.  I have also been told that I have hyperextension of the knees.  I have pain on
a regular bases and when I kneel my knees always crack, my ankles also crack all the time I am walking.
I love to go downhill skiing but I always have alot of pain when I am skiing.  Anything you can offer me as
insite on what I can do please let me know.
thank you
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Genu valgum, commonly called "knock-knees", is a condition where the knees angle in and touch one another when the legs are straightened. Individuals with severe valgus deformities are typically unable to touch their feet together while simultaneously straightening the legs. The term originates from the Latin genu, "knee", and valgum, "knock-kneed.
Mild genu valgum can be seen in children from ages 2 to 5, and is often corrected naturally as children grow. However, the condition may continue or worsen with age, particularly when it is the result of a disease, such as rickets or obesity. Idiopathic is the term used to describe genu valgum that is congenital or has no known cause.
Adults with uncorrected genu valgum are typically prone to injury and chronic knee problems such as chondromalacia and osteoarthritis. In some cases, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery may be required later in life to relieve pain and complications resulting from severe genu valgum.
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