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A 34-year-old member asked:

can bow legs get worse with time?

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
General Practice 15 years experience
Deformity: Bow legging can be a sign for early vit d deficiency as well as other associated bony defects. But if it chronically persists and left untreated it can be devastating.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes worsening occurs: Bowed legs (varus knee) can worsen with time in that the varus alignemnt can advance about the knee with advancing collapse across the medial (inside knee joint space). Any medial bony lesion or deformity theoretically can worsen, thus worsening the varus alignment.

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A member asked:

Are bow legs permanent?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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.
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.
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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 40-year-old member asked:

What sport can you suggest for someone with bow legs?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
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.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What are some of the treatments for bow legs?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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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