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Baby Bow Legs
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. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
New limp?: Since you didn't specify how old the baby is, I just wanted to point out that a NEW limp in a toddler should be evaluated. Babies and toddlers aren't forthcoming with a lot of information - they often don't pinpoint what's wrong. But a new limp needs to be checked out. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more
Yes: Every runner has their own form, and the shape of your legs will certainly affect your form. Although you may not technically be as "efficient" a runner as someone without bowed legs, thousands of excellent runners have leg variations. Bowed legs may increase your risk of injury, so make sure you are fitted for correct shoes and have a reputable running store observe your gait. ...Read more
My 10 year old son still in-toeing and his legs starting to look bowed below knees. Bowing getting progressively worse.Is it normal, what should I do?
Natural response: One of the natural results of inactivity is loss of muscle mass.To prevent this in a baby, the brain sends out random messages to the muscles that trigger random movements. These start in the womb ; persist until the nerves link up brain control and allow purposeful movement.Some random movements will persist during sleep even in adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seborrhea: Seborrhea is another name for cradle cap. In addition to the scaly places on the scalp there are little red bumps on the trunk and head. The bumps are very fine and reddish. You could check google images for seborrhea to see if it looks like what your child has. Talk to your pediatrician about treatments. Sometimes a mild steroid such as cortisone is used. Sometimes an anti fungal such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). ...Read more
Not likley: Either you are genetically destined to be bow legged or increasing wear along the inside of the knee with time is causing you to become bow-legged. Rarely a disease process could contibute to bowing of the legs. See an orthopedist for clarity in diagnosis. Unloader braces can be helpful with pain and function but cannot straighten an adult bowed knee. ...Read more
My happy 10 months old babys' ankles are very stiff, i can't bend it. She is standing on her toes, never puts her heels down. Will she outgrow this later?
Toe walker: Toe walking is still within normal development at this point with your child. She is still attempting to develop balance. However, i would advise you to see a podiatrist for a complete foot/ankle evaluation and gait exam. A structural deformity needs to be ruled out in the ankle. Barring no bony block, rest assured, she is within normal development at this point and should outgrow this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Practice/tone: Babies have random movements that are part of the bodies needed tone maintenance. Long before baby will use legs to walk, s/he must flex/extend the muscle groups or they would shrink. Kicking is part of this plan, as are the random movement of arms .Over time the kid begins to enjoy the activity and start to have some control over the movements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 month old baby petachiae on legs after being held in baby sling very tight around legs. Will it go away soon?
Yes worsening occurs: Bowed legs (varus knee) can worsen with time in that the varus alignemnt can advance about the knee with advancing collapse across the medial (inside knee joint space). Any medial bony lesion or deformity theoretically can worsen, thus worsening the varus alignment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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