What is Malalignment of the knee?
Malalignment is a complex topic and can occur in and of the three (X,Y Z) planes. For this section, we will focus on the most common malalignment – the coronal or frontal plane.
In the ideal setting, if we drew a line from the center of your hip to the center of your ankle, it should go directly through the center of your knee. We call this scenario neutral. However, like most things in the human body there is quite a bit of variability from that ideal. In some patients, this line goes through the medial or inside part of their knee. This is commonly called “Bow-legged” but the medical term is varus. Similarly, in some patients this virtual line goes through the lateral (outer) part of their knee. This is commonly referred to as “knock-kneed” or valgus. Dr. Armando Vidal, orthopedic knee specialist, can successfully treat patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities who have malalignment of the knee.