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could you improve/totally get rid of bow legs?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: In adults, bowlegs are usually due to arthritis and can only be corrected surgicially. In children, there are nutritional and developmental defects that can sometimes be corrected with nutrition or bracing.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
No: At the age of 26 only surgery will help.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to cure or prevent ' bow' legs?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Age related: In children under two, almost all are bow legged to some degree and they outgrow it by 2-3 years of age. An adult who is bow legged from childhood...Don' know what can be done non surgically.. Rickets is a well know cause of bow legs and is a result f vitamin d and calcium so taking vit d from birth and eaiing a balanced diet and playing outside in the sun for 15-20 min a day without sunscreen.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Adults with varus knees (bowed legs) may be a candidate for realignment via a high tibial osteotomy (HTO). The goal is to redistribute the load of bearing weight more evenly cross the knee from the inside (medial aspect) to the outside (lateral aspect) of the knee.
Jul 16, 2012

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