A 39-year-old member asked:
how hard do you think it is to get bow legs correction?
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Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Easy via osteotomy : Bowed legs or varus knees can be routinely corrected via what is called a high tibial osteotomy (hto). Though not done solely for cosmetic reasons, but for unweighting an arthritic/injured medial (inside) compartment of the knee joint, the overall result is a straighter less painful knee.
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Are bow legs permanent?
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
No: Most infants are born with bow legs. As they go from infants to toddlers, the bow legs often resolve. If your toddler still has bow legs by age 2 or if they have a significant difference in the bowing of each leg, you should contact your pediatrician.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Is there anything I can do to fix bow legs?
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Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Maybe: Depends on age and the cause. Some children with bowed legs will get better as they grow. Others will require surgery. Adults bowlegs are treated with bracing or surgery. See an orthopaedic surgeon for more details.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Which exercises should I do to fix bow legs?
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Pediatrics 27 years experience
None: If you're talking about a baby, then bowed legs often straighten themselves out. If you're talking toddler at or around age two, then you need an evaluation from a pediatric orthopedist. If you're asking about an adult, then the answer is still none. The shape of your legs is the shape of your legs. But exercise is still a good idea.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
What sport can you suggest for someone with bow legs?
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Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on Severity: The answer really depends on how bow legged someone is and what age. Children may have a real problem and should be assessed by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Adults would probably be better off with low impact activity but if you to run see a specialist (orthopedic, physical therapist, podiatrist) to be fit for inserts (orthotics) to help take stress off the back, hip, knees, ankles and feet.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
What are some of the treatments for bow legs?
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Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause of bowed legs. Some people have a natural curve that creats that impression, but functionally they do very well and that is not easily noticeable. In that case, no correction needed. On the other hand, if there is any existing hip, knee or ankle issue, it must be corrected to prevent the progression and cure the problem.
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Last updated Jan 26, 2018
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