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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there anything i can do to fix bow legs?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Unless it is worsening with age this a normal variation of growth.If appears to be worsening, see an orthopedist.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Which exercises should I do to fix bow legs?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What to do to fix bow legs?

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Dr. Nayyara Dawood
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Age, cause,severity: If severe deformity is present and there is an associated bony cause, may need surgery. If you are concerned, it is best to check with an orthopedics specialist. Physiologic bow legs in babies correct with time.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to fix or reduce bow legs?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: Bow legs are often seen as a transitional finding when kids first start to walk, followed by a knock kneed phase between 3 & 5 and a straightening by 6-7.This occurs as the child's hips & legs begin to shift their growth to carry a growing upper body.If concerned your pcp can get x-rays to make sure the bowing is not a bone or metabolic issue & repeat the films 6m to a year later to show progress.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on age: For children with severe genu varum (bow legged) that require surgery that might happen if the growth plate is involved. For adults it is unlikely to make you shorter.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
No : There are several scenarios for bow-legs, genu valrum or genu varus, which is a deformity marked by an outward bowing of the legs. Minor angulation can be corrected by braces, particularly in children. However in some, osteotomy surgery may be required - the bones are exposed surgically and divided with a special saw. The cut ends are realigned in the correct position and held with screws.

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