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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Overview)

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 child is called bowlegged.


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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
156 doctors shared insights

Bow Legs (Overview)

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 child is called bowlegged.


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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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