WHY IS KNEE VALGUS A PROBLEM?
Because of its anatomy, the knee is designed to handle primarily vertical forces. Any inward movement at the knee joint places excessive forces on the soft tissues around the knee and can result in damage. Over time, as a result of the repetitive stresses, pain can develop at the knee. It can also cause pain further up and down the leg (at the hip or ankle) as the deviation can transmit altered force production to areas above and below the knee.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT KNEE VALGUS?
Knee valgus can manifest congenitally or structurally, and in these instances, it must be treated by a professional. However, there are many scenarios where the issue appears as the result of a movement dysfunction. In these instances, rectifying the issue is as simple as becoming aware of the problem, and then mastering how to activate the body’s muscles in the proper way.
Having spent many years as a trainer, I can see that a lot of people don’t understand how to activate their side glutes to hold their knees out. As a result they squat with knees caving in, or run and jump knock-kneed, simply because that’s how they’ve always done it.
Knowledge is the first step. Being aware that this habit puts your joints in a vulnerable position may be enough to get you to focus on technique and start developing healthier habits.