Increased Femoral Anteversion

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 What Is Increased Femoral Anteversion?

Increased femoral anteversion, also known as femoral retroversion or medial femoral torsion, is a condition where the thigh bone (femur) rotates inward excessively in relation to the hip joint. This results in the knees and feet pointing inward when standing or walking, a gait pattern commonly referred to as “pigeon-toed” or “in-toeing.” Increased femoral anteversion typically presents during childhood and may gradually improve with growth and development. However, in some cases, it may persist into adulthood and lead to gait abnormalities, hip pain, or other musculoskeletal issues.

What Are The Symptoms Of Increased Femoral
Anteversion?

Symptoms of Increased Femoral Anteversion may include:

  • Inward rotation of the thighs and knees, with the feet pointing inward when standing or walking.
  • “Pigeon-toed” gait pattern, where the toes point inward instead of straight ahead during walking or running.
  • Difficulty with activities that require outward rotation of the hips, such as squatting, sitting cross-legged, or participating in sports that involve lateral movements.
  • Hip or knee pain, particularly in individuals with severe or persistent anteversion that affects joint alignment and function.
  • Gait abnormalities or compensatory movements, such as toe-walking or excessive pronation of the feet, to accommodate for altered lower extremity alignment.
  • Muscle tightness or weakness in the hip and thigh muscles, which may contribute to altered biomechanics and increased stress on the joints.

These symptoms can vary depending on the severity of increased femoral anteversion and any associated musculoskeletal issues or compensatory mechanisms present.

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