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Bow Legged Running
After running, I have pain on the inner part of my shins and I can barley walk. Sometimes the pain lessens, other times it feels unbarable. I have bow legs, are there any good ankle braces you recommend to prevent more pain while sprinting? I bought shoes
?shin splints: You may have shin splints from running too often. Try a day of rest in between runs. Stretch more often. Anti-inflammatories. You could have knee arthritis. Some people benefit from heel wedges but not ankle braces when they have bowed legs. If this doesn't help, then I think he need an examination by an orthopedic doctor & XR. There could also be a knee cap tracking issue. ...Read more
Bowlegs is a condition in which the knees remain wide apart when a person stands with the feet and ankles together. Infants are born bowlegged because of their folded position in the uterus. The infant's bowed legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs begin to bear weight (about 12 to 18 months old). Normal appearance is usually attained by the time the child is 3 years old. At this time, a child can usually stand with the ankles together and the knees just touch. If the bowed legs persist into this period, the ...Read more
Somewhat similar: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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