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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 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 over 8-10, there is not much that can be done.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 43 years experience
BOW LEGS: Non-operative: 'orthotic' management considered in infantile form: less than 3 yr with mild deformity. Knee-ankle-foot orthosis to be worn 22-23 hrs/d for 1 yr. Surgical: age 4 yr or more, failure of orthotic management with more severe deformities. Your child's orthopedic doc will explain in detail after complete evaluation of degree of defrmity.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you correct bow legs without surgery?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
You can't : Bow legs (the varus knee) is a structural deformity that can not be changed by activity, exercises, stretching, or braces.
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Lebanon
A female asked:

I am 16 years old and I have bow legs . Could they be cured at home without surgery ?

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Hmm: Minor degree of bowed legs is not a problem but if it is bigger and bothers you then breaking the bones and restraightening can be done. At age 16 you have stopped growing so bracing and remodeling wont work.
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Nigeria
A 20-year-old female asked:

I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

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Dr. David Weissman
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
You can't: I'm sorry, but I don't believe bow legs can be corrected in an adult without surgery. Physical therapy may help to some degree, but modalities like leg braces are not as effective in adults as they are in children. You should talk to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a physiatrist (PM&R doctor).
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Any exercises to correct bow legs?

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Dr. Timothy Taft
Sports Medicine 53 years experience
No.: The bowing can come from a deformity of the bones (femur and/or tibia) or collapse (arthritis) of the knee. If the bowing is getting worse you should be evaluated by a physician. At age 42 your bones are formed and exercises won't change their shape.
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