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Bowed Legs 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have bowed legs and I want to get it corrected. Is there any exercises I can be doing to correct it please? Thanks
Not really: If not painful, I don't know that I would recommend attempting to treat this surgically. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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