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femoral varus


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A condition in which the femur curves inwards from its proximal to its distal end. It contributes to a knock-kneed appearance. Femoral varus puts extra tensile stress on the lateral aspect of the hips and the medial aspect of the knees. The condition is relieved by strengthening the adductors and quadriceps muscles, which stabilize the knee. Femoral varus is often accompanied by a compensatory tibial valgus, which puts even more stress on the knee.

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