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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Overview)

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. No treatment is needed.


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Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Yes: The shape (alignment) of your legs are largely determined by your genes. The alignment varies among people, races, and ethnicities. Certain conditions such as blount's disease will cause significant bowing of the legs. If concerned, visit with a physician and obtain some long standing hip to ankle radiographs. ...Read more

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
178 Doctors shared insights

Bow Legs (Overview)

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. No treatment is needed.


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If I have bow legs, does this mean my child will also have bow legs?

If I have bow legs, does this mean my child will also have bow legs?

Not necessarily: A child inherits half his genes from each parent, so the leg shape will likely be a mix of the mom's & dad's leg shapes. Some traits are dominant and will show up in most of the children. One can get an idea of how dominant a trait is by looking at his family tree. So, do more than half the relatives in every generation all have bow legs? If so, then the next generation is likely to have them. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

BOW LEGS: Non-operative: 'orthotic' management considered in infantile form: less than 3 yr with mild deformity. Knee-ankle-foot orthosis to be worn 22-23 hrs/d for 1 yr.
Surgical: age 4 yr or more, failure of orthotic management with more severe deformities.
Your child's orthopedic doc will explain in detail after complete evaluation of degree of defrmity. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to have bow legs.

Yes: Once pathological conditions such as blount's disease or rickets have been ruled out, some bowing of the legs is normal in toddlers. ...Read more

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What are home remedies to treating bow legs?

None: None. Short of surgery, no real cure for adults. Babies tend to grow out of this. ...Read more

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I am age 65, have, knee arthritis, bow legs-treatment?, ? Prognosis long term affects. Thank you.

I am age 65, have, knee arthritis, bow legs-treatment?, ? Prognosis long term affects. Thank you.

Lots of hope: An orthopedic doc can take a look and offer a way to help you. Many of us get osteoarthritis as me "mature" simply from the long-standing use of our joints. Lots of possibilities for treatment. The very best to you. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments for bow legs?

Depends: It depends on the cause of bowed legs. Some people have a natural curve that creats that impression, but functionally they do very well and that is not easily noticeable. In that case, no correction needed. On the other hand, if there is any existing hip, knee or ankle issue, it must be corrected to prevent the progression and cure the problem. ...Read more

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How do I cure bow legs?

How do I cure bow legs?

Tibial Osteotomy: A proximal tibial osteotomy is the classic surgical way to straighten bowed legs in clinically indicated. Speak with your orthopaedic surgeon, we currently use a plastic (peek) implant that is flush with your bone (no prominent plate or screws) to secure the bony cut made to straighten the leg. You wear a brace for 6 weeks with crutches until minimal pain requiring no narcotics (ave day 10). ...Read more

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Could you improve/totally get rid of bow legs?

Could you improve/totally get rid of bow legs?

Yes: In adults, bowlegs are usually due to arthritis and can only be corrected surgicially. In children, there are nutritional and developmental defects that can sometimes be corrected with nutrition or bracing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure or prevent ' bow' legs?

Is there a way to cure or prevent ' bow' legs?

Age related: In children under two, almost all are bow legged to some degree and they outgrow it by 2-3 years of age. An adult who is bow legged from childhood...Don' know what can
be done non surgically.
Rickets is a well know cause of bow legs and is a result f vitamin d and calcium so taking vit d from birth and eaiing a balanced diet and playing outside in the sun for 15-20 min a day without sunscreen. ...Read more

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How hard do you think it is to get bow legs correction?

Easy via osteotomy: Bowed legs or varus knees can be routinely corrected via what is called a high tibial osteotomy (hto). Though not done solely for cosmetic reasons, but for unweighting an arthritic/injured medial (inside) compartment of the knee joint, the overall result is a straighter less painful knee. ...Read more

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Contemplating surgery for bow legs (genu varum). What are the risks involved with this?

Talk to your doctor: Your surgeon should have a discussion of risks with you. Your individual risk will be influenced by the severity of your condition and overall health. Risks include nerve and blood vessel injury, compartment syndrome, infection, bleeding, wound problems, failure of bones to heal, implant failure, residual deformity, new or continued pain, and the risks associated with anesthesia. ...Read more

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Are bow legs permanent?

Are bow legs permanent?

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 more

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How do I cure bow legs?

Tibial Osteotomy: A proximal tibial osteotomy is the classic surgical way to straighten bowed legs in clinically indicated. Speak with your orthopaedic surgeon, we currently use a plastic (peek) implant that is flush with your bone (no prominent plate or screws) to secure the bony cut made to straighten the leg. You wear a brace for 6 weeks with crutches until minimal pain requiring no narcotics (ave day 10). ...Read more

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How can I fix bow legs?

Depends on situation: Bow legs are often seen as a transitional finding when kids first start to walk, followed by a knock kneed phase between 3 & 5 and a straightening by 6-7.This occurs as the child's hips & legs begin to shift their growth to carry a growing upper body. If concerned your pcp can get x-rays to make sure the bowing is not a bone or metabolic issue & repeat the films 6m to a year later to show progress. ...Read more

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Will bow legs get worse?

Will bow legs get worse?

Age of patient?: Infants are often a bit bowed at birth from intra-uterine positioning. By the time they get to 3-4 they are often knock-kneed and naturally straighten by 5-6. ...Read more

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What to do to fix bow legs?

What to do to fix bow legs?

Age, cause, severity: If severe deformity is present and there is an associated bony cause, may need surgery.
If you are concerned, it is best to check with an orthopedics specialist.
Physiologic bow legs in babies correct with time. ...Read more

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Can your bow legs get worse?

Depends: It depends on the cause. Some causes of bowed legs such as tibial torsion get better with age. Others such as ricketts and blount's dis need to be treated. ...Read more

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Why does my baby have bow legs?

Why does my baby have bow legs?

Normal: All newborns have bowlegs-- that's the shape babies have to fit in the womb. They get less bowed as babies bear weight and walk. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bow legs?

See your doctor: See your regular doctor and ask if you might have bowed legs that can be caused by physiologic genu varum (self-correcting with age/growth in children), blount's disease, or rickets. If your doctor is concerned, he/she may get x-rays of your legs and/or refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation and treatment.
See http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00230. ...Read more

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What can be done for bow legs?

CONSULT ORTHOPOEDIST: I would recommend you seek a consultation with a local, respected orthopoedic surgeon. He or she, after a thorough evaluation and definition of the causes of your deformity, can make appropriate recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you straighten bow legs?

Depends: Some now do not want their bow legs treated. See the si picture of earl campbell, running back of texas. Bow legged? Fast! Sometimes not acceptable in females (?) but not treated as often as in past. If found early in age, splints can be used. I would be cautious and seek opinion of pediatric orthopedist and consider second opinion. ...Read more

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Can bow legs get worse with time?

Can bow legs get worse with time?

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 more

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What can be done about bow legs?

What can be done about bow legs?

Evaluate & monitor.: 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. ...Read more

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Any exercises to correct bow legs?

No.: The bowing can come from a deformity of the bones (femur and/or tibia) or collapse (arthritis) of the knee. If the bowing is getting worse you should be evaluated by a physician. At age 42 your bones are formed and exercises won't change their shape. ...Read more

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Could bow legs make a person disabled?

No! It is sometimes-: -troublesome but you had it all your life & adapt. As a prior mpls area disability expert 4 SSI/DISABILITY. Covering the entire area from Duluth-Minneapolis-rochester-St Cloud-Eau Claire-Mankato. I have been the medical expert for about 10 yrs. I quit when they wend digital, & I am a paper in hand guy. ...Read more

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How to cure bow legs when your a teen?

How to cure bow legs when your a teen?

Get this addressed: An orthopedist can recommend surgical and nonsurgical options that are right for you. ...Read more