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What is genu valgum (knock knees)?

Knock knees is a condition where the knees tilt inward, “knocking” into one another while the ankles remain separated. The condition is caused when the growth plate on the outside of the knee slows down or stops making new bone, while the growth plate on the inside continues to grow normally, driving the knees to fall into each other. The condition strains the joints and limits mobility.

What issues do children with genu valgum face?



Genu valgum causes pain in the knee, hips, and ankle joints.



Lack of mobility makes it hard for children to participate in community life, play with friends, or even consistently attend school.



Children often experience discrimination because of the way their legs look, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.

How does surgery change a child’s life?

  • Legs straighten and can grow normally.
  • Mobility improves so children can run, play, walk pain-free, and complete school, which leads to more opportunities.
  • Children experience hope as they are accepted into community life.


Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Niger


Abdoul’s painful knock knees progressively got worse. Walking was almost impossible. His family, believing they could not afford treatment, cried with joy when they learned CURE Niger would provide care at no cost. After several surgeries, Abdoul can walk, run, and play pain free.

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