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Valgus deformity

Valgus deformity
Classification & external resources
Valgus Deformity MRI and photograph
ICD-10 M21.0

In orthopedics, a valgus deformity is a term for the outward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or joint. The opposite of valgus is called varus.

Additional recommended knowledge

The terms varus and valgus always refer to the direction that the distal segment of the joint points.

For a discussion of the etymology of these words, see the entry under varus.


  • Hip: coxa valga (from Latin coxa = hip) — the shaft of the femur is bent outward in respect to the neck of the femur, causing bowleggedness.
  • Knee: genu valgum (from Latin genu = knee) — the tibia is turned outward in relation to the femur, resulting in a knock-kneed appearance.
  • Ankle: talipes valgus (from Latin talus = ankle and Greek pes = foot) — outward turning of the heel, resulting in clubfoot with the person walking on the inner part of the foot.
  • Toe: hallux valgus (Latin hallux = big toe) — outward deviation of the big toe toward the second toe.
  • Elbows: cubitus valgus (Latin cubitus = elbow) — turned-out elbows

See also

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