Varus and valgus deformities are essentially inward or outward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or joint. These deformities can affect your balance, posture and can make you more prone to injuries like sprains and breaks. In this blog post, we’ll focus mainly on Varus/Valgus of the ankles and knees and provide a solution to this painful problem.
What is Varus?
A Varus deformity is essentially an inward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or a joint.
Ankle varus is a condition where the ankles roll out, diminishing the stability and overall alignment of the body. If left untreated, ankle varus can lead to chronic ankle instability. People with ankle varus often experience an increase in sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments.
Varus knee is a condition that’s commonly referred to as Genu Verum. It’s what causes some people to be bowlegged. Over time, untreated Varus knee can cause joint pain, especially when walking. It also causes unusual wear and tear on the cartilage in your knee, which can lead to osteoarthritis.
What is Valgus?
A Valgus deformity is a condition in which the bone segment distal to a joint is angled outward.
Ankle valgus is a condition where the ankles roll in, compromising the alignment and stability of the body. Similar to Varus, if you fail to treat ankle Valgus it can lead to chronic ankle instability including sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments. Varying degrees of foot pain in the lower legs and ankles is often associated with this condition.
Valgus knee, commonly referred to as Genu Valgus, makes some people knock-kneed. Valgus is a misalignment turning your knees inward. It happens when your tibia turns outward in relation to your femur. If left untreated, Valgus knees can cause pain and problems in functioning. One study even found that adults with Valgus knees are at greater risk of developing osteoarthritis.
How can the Warwick Wedge™ help?
The Warwick Wedge™ is intended to reduce pronation and supination related to Varus or Valgus. Essentially, it helps angle your heel in the right direction to correct your Varus or Valgus condition, which helps provide relief from symptoms.
Learn more about the Warwick Wedge™
If you’re still questioning whether or not the Warwick Wedge™ will work for you, take a look at it on our product page. It comes in three sizes and is hypoallergenic.