Usually, our legs are straight from our hips to our ankles. Some patients may develop a “knock-knee” or “bow-leg” deformity over time. This is referred to as knee malalignment.
When the bones do not align properly, joint forces are not evenly distributed and may overload one side causing pain and possibly deterioration. An osteotomy is a cut in the femur or tibia bone to realign the leg to a straight leg. The cut in the bone is then typically fixed with a plate and screws.