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Dr. Amir M. Khan answered:

I'm 29 I weigh around 73kg I hv noticed that my legs have started becoming bow shaped why is it so my lower legs seem to be weak too?

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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. Getting in shape will help with weakness.See an orthopedist for clarity in diagnosis.
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Who are the surgeons who perform cosmetic genu varum/bow legs corrective surgery?

Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Orthopaedic surgeons perform what is also called high tibial osteotomies (HTO). Most are performed as medial opening wedge osteotomies. Locking plates or newer PEEK (dense plastic) wedge-shaped implants are used in conjunction with bone graft or bone graft substitute materials to promote sound healing.
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Why are my legs bow legged?

Different reasons

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There are many reasons why one can have genu varum (bow legs). Genetics, obesisty, race, among others, all play a part. There are some cases that are idiopathic - meaning we don't have a good answer as to why it occurs.
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Are bow legs permanent?

Depends on your age

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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.
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Dr. Howard Luks answered:

I have bow legs, is it a genetic ?

It can be

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Bowed legs can be genetic or developmental.... Older patients with arthritis will also develop bowed legs. The treatment depends on the cause and severity. As a young person, bowed legs will predispose you to develop arthritis at a young age.
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What are some of the symptoms of bow leg?

Usually none

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Bow leggedness is usually asymptomatic. I cannot recall every having someone complain of any symptoms related to bowed legs.
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Dr. Scott L. Katz answered:

Is it normal for babies to have bow legs?

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Most babies are born "bow-legged" because of their position in the womb. Babies who were in breech position for most of the pregnancy, tend to have straighter legs, but can have problems with their hips. Bow legs are usually not treated, and will straighten as the child walks. If a child becomes more bow legged as they grow, more investigation is required.
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Dr. Clarke Holmes answered:

Can your legs bow as you age?

Absolutely

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Legs can progressively bow due to degeneration. At the the knees, we call this genu varus or varus misalignment. It is often associated with arthritis of the knee on the inside compartment (medial compartment). We can correct some of the alignment if associated with pain with a valgus unloader brace. Severe forms of bowing are treated surgically with a knee replacement or a realignment procedure.
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Dr. Mark Diamond answered:

Is bow legs hereditary?

Can Be

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But we do not know the mechanism for which this happens.
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Is there any way to fix or reduce bow legs?

Depends on situation

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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
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