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Doctor insights on: Bowed Legs Adults

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Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

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

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Would fixing bow legs then make you taller if you are already a young adult? If yes, around how much can it make you taller?

Would fixing bow legs then make you taller if you are already a young adult? If yes, around how much can it make you taller?

Yes: The surgery to straighten out a bowed leg would increase the vertical distance of the lower extremity and thus make you taller in most cases. The amount of height gain would be based upon the amount of deformity you have and the amount of correction achieved. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?

As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?

Bow legs: MRobles ~ the surgery for bow legs can shorten the bones, depending what was done. At 5'9 why would you want to shorten the bones any more? Any questions here should be addressed to an Orthopod who is skilled in KNEE surgery. I am going to wager he will try to talk you out of that enterprise UNLESS there is extremely good reason for it that is not obvious to me here! Thanks ...Read more

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Are bowed legs hereditary?

Are bowed legs hereditary?

No: Bowed legs as an isolated sign are not hereditary. However, there are conditions of bone mineralization that have bowed legs along with other manifestations that are hereditary and follow typical mendelian genetics. ...Read more

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How can I correct bowed legs?

How can I correct bowed legs?

Depends: Treatment varies depending on your age. If you are still growing (school-age) bracing may help. If you are older than your teens, there is probably little that can be done other than surgery. Please see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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After how long before bowed legs become permanent?

After how long before bowed legs become permanent?

BOW LEGS:: Depends on severity. If mild to moderate, from 18 months to 3 years, braces are advised to wear for 22 hours a day. If more severe form, bracing doesn't help, at 4 years, usually surgical correction is done. ...Read more

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My son got bowed legs is that normal?? He is 14 months old

My son got bowed legs is that normal?? He is 14 months old

Possibly: If his sleeping position is on his belly and he is drawing his legs underneath him, this may be positional. When your doctor looks at his legs a line through the kneecap should fall straight down between his 1st and 2nd toes. Nutritional deficiencies notably vitamin D or metabolic problems that lead to this May also cause bowing. Have him examined to see if this is normal for him and his age. ...Read more

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If I get my bowed legs corrected. Will it also make me any taller?

If I get my bowed legs corrected. Will it also make me any taller?

Don't think so, if..: Don't think that surgery to correct bowed legs would automatically increase one's final legs length, unless special leg lengthening apparatus was put on both legs to intentionally make the legs longer. First, to find out if any correction is even needed, one should visit two orthopedic surgeons with experience in bowed legs correction, and compare the 2 opinions. ...Read more

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I only got bowed legs when I got taller at the age of 12. Why is that?

I only got bowed legs when I got taller at the age of 12. Why is that?

An exam: Have a doctor examine your legs and XR the affected areas. It may be your knees. Sometimes one area stops growing sooner than another making the legs bowed. All the best. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have bowed legs, will this affect my life in the future?

Varies: It varies based upon the severity of the problem. Severe cases can cause excessive wear on the inside of the knees and early need for a knee replacement. Mild cases really do not cause much problem at all. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bowed legs and I'm 16any risk because of my bowed legs?

Normal usually: Usually a normal variant, and there is no intervention needed. Something to discuss with you physician.

Here is some information:
medicine. Medscape. Com/article/1355974-overview ...Read more

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Could bowed legs affect running?

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

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How could I fix bowed legs without surgery?

How could I fix bowed legs without surgery?

You can't: Exercise may reduce symptoms such as pain, but only surgery can correct bow leggedness in adults. ...Read more

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Can doctors fix bowed legs after childhood?

Yes, but: Usually surgery would be required. If you have had bowed legs since childhood, then it would require substantial surgery to reshape the legs. If the bowed legs have developed in adulthood, then it may be related to your knees, in which case knee surgery may work. Although bowed legs can be cosmetically displeasing, most orthopedists would not advise surgery unless they are affecting your function. ...Read more

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How to prevent my baby from getting bowed legs?

How to prevent my baby from getting bowed legs?

You can't: Many children have some degree of curvature of their legs, and the vast majority of time this is within a normal range and corrects on it's own as they grow, requiring no intervention (bracing, surgery). There is no way to prevent this from happening, however. ...Read more

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Can exercise straighten bowed legs or does it require an operation?

Can exercise straighten bowed legs or does it require an operation?

No: Depends on the cause. Usually it is just something your are born with. Exercise doesn't make a difference. Operations are rarely indicated.

Here is some info:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1355974-overview ...Read more

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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?

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?

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?

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