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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Do braces for bow legs actually help?

Do braces for bow legs actually help?

For kids yes: They work for growing kids not adults. ...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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Do damon braces really move teeth faster?

Do damon braces really move teeth faster?

Not really: Damon braces is a system that is used by some orthodontis it is definitely good but there are many factors that affect teeth movement the system is a small part. ...Read more

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Are braces for crowded teeth painfull?

Are braces for crowded teeth  painfull?

Depends: On the particular case. However the pain is minimal-one dose of Motrin maybe. ...Read more

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Knee pain , both knees and legs swelling ?

Knee pain , both knees and legs swelling ?

See doctor: There are many possible reasons for knee pain and swelling. They include things like trauma, infection, overuse, and many more. A doctor can provide an evaluation and diagnosis which will guide the treatment plan. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do people wear ankle braces forever?

Do people wear ankle braces forever?

Depends: Depends on the underlying condition. If you were placed in a brace after spraining an ankle, chances are you won't need long term ankle support. If you have conditions such as a drop foot deformity, bracing might be required unless surgical intervention is performed. ...Read more

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Why are my legs bow legged?

Why are my legs bow legged?

Different reasons: 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. ...Read more

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Can getting braces fix my overbite?

Can getting braces fix my overbite?

It is possible: Whether the overbite is dental or skeletal can have a big impact on treatment. See an orthodontist for evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Will walking on my insoles or wearing shoe inserts help straighten my bow legs?

No: You have a problem with the bones and this will not be fixed by shoe inserts. ...Read more

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Do prosthetic feet bend and arch like normal feet?

Do prosthetic feet bend and arch like normal feet?

Some do: There are many styles of prosthetic feet. The most advanced feet are designed to imitate foot motion and are made of carbon fiber that can flex with weight. ...Read more

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Could wearing bad shoe damage knee, legs?

Could wearing bad shoe damage knee, legs?

It is possible: The shoes are worn out and causing you to walk with an abnormal gait, it could cause an abnormal wear and tear of certain joints. ...Read more

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Legs and arms tingling--are they sleep?

Legs and arms tingling--are they sleep?

No: The only organ in the body that really sleeps is the brain. "My arm is asleep" is just an expression referring to the pins-and-needles sensation that one sometimes has, usually as a result of the limb being in an awkward position. If the tingling is frequent or constant, it could be a sign of problems with the nerves in your legs or arms. If this is the case, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hips down to feet ache/hurt/swollen ankles. Wear mild compression socks to knees. Remove socks about 1-2 hrs symptoms start. Help!! ?

Hips down to feet ache/hurt/swollen ankles. Wear mild compression socks to knees. Remove socks about 1-2 hrs symptoms start. Help!!
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Maybe: Blood clots are possible and could just be swollen and painful. Best advice is get examined please at the emergency room for an ultrasound. Good luck ...Read more

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Can damon braces fix little underbite?

Can damon braces fix little underbite?

No magic: There's no magic to any particular appliance system, including the Damon Appliance. The magic is the training, experience, and skill of the practitioner. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for examination. ...Read more

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Can legs bow due to patellofemoral pain?

Switch it: Patellafemoral knee pain is one of the most common and also most frustrating conditions to treat. Causes are multiple, but bowing or any other issues regarding knee alignment can contribute. If bowing is extreme, surgery may be necessary to correct. Oftentimes, however, a more conservative approach involving physical therapy/strengthening of the thigh and hip muscles is effective. Be patient. ...Read more

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Does osteotomy help straighten the legs or correct genu varum (bowlegs)?

Does osteotomy help straighten the legs or correct genu varum (bowlegs)?

Yes: Usually an osteotomy at your age is geared toward straightening out a deformity that is contributing to progressive arthritis on one side of the knee. The most common deformity is a bowed leg, also called genu varum. In 60% of patients at 10 years after the procedure, the knee is still feeling good enough to avoid knee replacement. ...Read more

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Can I wear ankle braces inside shoes while running?

Can I wear ankle braces inside shoes while running?

You can: Just be careful about friction..the brace can rub you and cause blistering... ...Read more