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Are There Any Negative Effects Of Being Bow Legged
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not advised usually: This is not carried out for typical " genu varus" or bowleggedness. It is considered a variant of normal. If you have a severe case, or are not clear with the diagnosis, please see a board certified orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Knock-kneed is when the knees are closer together, and the lower part of the leg may be angled away from the center line of the body. This may result in the knees "knocking" together (or rubbing together) when walking or running.
Bow-legged is when the knees are farther apart from the midline, and the lower legs angle inward. It can also be caused by rickets or other deficiencies. ...Read more
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
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
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
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