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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

May 24, 2012

Who do people with osteoarthritis of the knee get bowlegged?

A person suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee will begin to walk differently over time.  If the arthritis is affecting the inside of a person’s knee that person is likely to start walking on the outside of their feet.  This is a gradual progression, so gradual the person may not recognize they are shifting their body weight when they walk.

This transference of body weight from the middle of their feet towards the outside of their feet causes a knee joint to bow.  Over time and thousands of steps the knee’s anatomy changes  to accommodate the change in gait.

If a person has osteoarthritis of the knee that affects the outside or lateral compartment of the knee, that person is likely to transfer their body weight towards the inside of their feet.  The resulting change in knee anatomy is the opposite of bowlegged.  This person will become pigeon toed.



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