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How can I tell if I am bow legged?

How can I tell if I am bow legged?

Hand fits thru knees: You know you may have bowed legs and varus knees if you can fit a fisted hand between your knees while standing upright. ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Definition)

Bowed legs can occur as a familial history, no orthopedic issues or problems with walking, bearing weight. This also tends to straighten out in time as long bones grow. ...Read more


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I am bow legged. What can I do to fix it?

Depends: If you are bowlegged, the problem could be in your thighbones (femurs), the bones in you leg (the tibia and fibula) or it could be that your knee ligaments could be relatively loose on the outside portion. Further, you could have any combination of these problems.
If this is bothering you, you should see an orthopaedic surgeon, particularly one who specializes in limb deformity correction. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises if I am bow legged?

Are there any exercises if I am bow legged?

Not really: This is the way you are. How bowed are you. We call this varus stance. Did you see a pediatric ortho when you were growing? Is this getting worse? At 35 you are done growing. There are no exercises, but you can watch carefully your shoes wear and make sure you have good shoes with no or minimal wear on outside of heal. Heal wedges or orthotics may be recommended if you see a foot and ankle ortho. ...Read more

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How can I address the fact that I am bow-legged?

How can I address the fact that I am bow-legged?

You have genu varum: The medical term for bowlegedness is genu varum. This condition can be problematic because it overloads the medial or inside part of your knee joint. This can lead to knee arthritis. In kids who are still growing and have open growth plates, guided growth can be used to straighten the limbs. In adults a surgical procedure called a high tibial osteotomy can be done to correct your alignment. ...Read more

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I am bow legged. How did I get this (not rickets)?

Bowlegged: Please consult an orthopedic surgeon if you haven't yet. Your condition may also be inherited. There's a condition called blount's disease seen in soccer players that causes bowleggedness ...Read more

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I am slightly bow-legged. How does this affect the rest of my body?

I am slightly bow-legged. How does this affect the rest of my body?

Depending on how --: Much of the bowleggedness you have. If its slight then it may not have any effect on the rest of your body. Also depends on the cause of it: if its due to arthritis or as a result of an injury, then it might increase, resulting in affecting the other joints.
Best thing for you is to be seen by an orthopod to determine the cause of your problem and hopefully treatment would be started.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I am bow legged and I hate it. Is there an actual way to fix them & have them straight? .

I'm 18 and I am bow legged and I hate it. Is there an actual way to fix them & have them straight? .

Yes there are ways -: To correct the bowleggedness. It depends on its cause.
Suggest you see an orthopod in your area or at the local university with an orthopedic dept, so its cause can be diagnosed ; you are evaluated to determine the appropriateness of a procedure to have them corrected.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I am bow-legged. I feel like this may be causing pain in my lower back. What are some treatments for this?

I am bow-legged. I feel like this may be causing pain in my lower back. What are some treatments for this?

Exercise/ Evaluation: Core strengthening and spinal stabilization are the cornerstones of low back pain. Start with these. Abnormal gait can cause low back pain. If you have a limp or unbalanced gait due to your bow legs (genu varus), you should see an orthopaedic doc for a complete evaluation. Correction of your bow legs could involve surgery. ...Read more

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I am 23 and bow legged with a lot of knee pain and tendonosis. What is the latest medical advancements to repair my knee and still play sports??

I am 23 and bow legged with a lot of knee pain and tendonosis. What is the latest medical advancements to repair my knee and still play sports??

Hard to say.: You should see a sports medicine trained orthopedic knee surgeon, for proper evaluation, and to determine what may be the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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What is bow legged?

What is bow legged?

Genu Varum/Bow Legge: It is a physical deformity in which there is bowing of the leg in relation to the thigh, giving the appearance of archers bow, due to medial angulation of femur and tibia bones
also called genu varum. ...Read more

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Baby bow legged net?

Confusing question: Your question does not have enough basic information to review & the question makes no sense. ...Read more

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How can I get bow legged?

You are born with it: You are born with bow legs: it is often noticed later. ...Read more

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How do people become bow legged?

How do people become bow legged?

Pediatric or adult?: If you mean adult and occurs over time then it is usually related to arthritis in the inner aspect of the knee joint. ...Read more

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I m bow legged how can I fix it?

I m bow legged how can I fix it?

Most do not need-: -correction. If you are older it may be arthritis, younger you were born with it. More details are needed, age, interfering with activities or ADL's. If it's a cosmetic issue, no procedures are needed. ...Read more

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How could bow-legged be fixed/cured?

How could bow-legged be fixed/cured?

Often surgery: Bow-legs are a normal finding until around 18 months, and can correct as the child grows. After early childhood, the child should be evaluated for a medical condition such as vitamin d deficiency the problem is corrected surgically. The treatment requires fracturing and re-alignment of the bones. I have a patient whose bow-legs were corrected in adulthood at the time of knee teplacement surgery. ...Read more

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Is there a way to become bow-legged?

Genu varum: Arthritis is the most common cause for adults becoming "bow-legged" as they age. The medical term for this deformity is genu varum. ...Read more

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What defines a person as "bow legged"?

What defines a person as "bow legged"?

Varus: When the person stands with feet together and there is a space bn their knees. Can be inherited, or acquired. ...Read more

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If I might be bow legged, how to fix it?

Genu Varum: In older patients, the only treatment is surgery. After surgery, patients wear braces or casts until the legs heal. Physiotherapy is usually prescribed to regain full range of motion and strength in the legs. ...Read more

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What causes someone to become bow legged?

Several Things: For young people with open growth plates, anything that damages or variably affects the growth plate can result in this problem. For adults, the most common problem is typically loss of the cartilage on the inside part of the knee...And eventually worsening erosive arthritis there with persistent mechanical overload. ...Read more

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What can cause people to become bow legged?

What can cause people to become bow legged?

Genetic, degenerativ: As a child, bow leg is commonly a self limited condition resolving by age 3. A rare condition, known as blounts disease, will not self correct and needs treatment. As an adult, arthritis affecting the inside or medial part of the knee will cause the joint to narrow and result in the knee becoming "bow legged". ...Read more

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What does it mean to be a bow-legged runner?

What does it mean to be a bow-legged runner?

Varus knees: To be "bow legged" is very common. Many people have what are called "varus knees", meaning the axis of their knees goes slightly outward, giving them a "bow legged" appearance. The opposite of this is a "valgus knee" which is when the knees are "knock kneed". Both can be normal variants and do not necessarily mean that you are prone to injury or arthritis. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and bow legged, can it be fixed?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What is knock kneed? What is bow legged?

Knock knees/bow legs: Genu valgum (knock knees) occurs when the apex of the knees points toward the midline. Genu varum (bow legs) occurs when the apex of the knees points away from the midline. ...Read more

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Can being minor bow legged make you walk funny?

Can being minor bow legged make you walk funny?

Need evaluation: Yes, being bow-legged can affect the way you walk. Any bone or joint in a less than optimal position can affect ones gait or stance. Suggest you seek evaluation by an orthopedist for a biomechanical examination. ...Read more

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Are there any negative effects of being bow legged?

Yes: It cause cause pain and difficulty with activity due to the deformity. Bow legs can be treated with bracing or surgery. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you're bow legged or knock kneed?

See an orthopaedist: A physical exam is the easiest way to do this. If you have bow legs (genu varum) your knees are bowed outward. Genu valgum is knock-knees, and the knees angle inward. If any question remains, an x-ray can help. ...Read more

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What's the difference between being knock kneed and bow legged?

What's the difference between being knock kneed and bow legged?

Opposites!: Knock knees (genu valgum) appears as if the knees are bent inward while the lower legs are splayed outward. Bow legged (genu varum) people have legs that appear as if they were straddling a barrel. ...Read more

Dr. George Gantsoudes
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Genu Varum (Definition)

The legs bow outward at the knees. It can occur in ...Read more