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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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Babys are folded up tight in the womb, often causing initial bowing.Once they start walking, the pressures over their legs produces a change in shape & the knees may actually angle in at 4 & straighten at 6 or so.In decades of practice I have not had one that didn't self correct.I occasionaly get xrays to monitor the more pronounced cases. Compairing films 6mo apart can show progress.
Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on your age: Bow legs and in-turning feet are common in toddlers, worst at about age 2. Then progression to knock-knees happens, worst about age 7. The average adult has a few (5-7) degrees of knock-knee. Milder persistent bow-legs are left alone. If you have bow-legs when you quit growing, the it is permanent, short of surgical correction.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Bow legs can vary: There is variation during birth to age 6-8. There may also be post traumatic causes that linger. Also, genu varus can progress in adulthood with tibial bowing in some with osteoarthritis.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not really: Depending on where someone's stage is in life (adolescent, child, puberty), bow legs do not necessary have to be permanent.

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