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Can bow legs get worse with time?

Can bow legs get worse with time?

Yes worsening occurs: Bowed legs (varus knee) can worsen with time in that the varus alignemnt can advance about the knee with advancing collapse across the medial (inside knee joint space). Any medial bony lesion or deformity theoretically can worsen, thus worsening the varus alignment. ...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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Does going for runs and playing soccer affect my bow legs? Will they get worse or further apart over time? My legs are about 2 inches apart.

Does going for runs and playing soccer affect my bow legs? Will they get worse or further apart over time? My legs are about 2 inches apart.

Bow legs: Outward bowing of the legs is fairly common and usually stable once bony growth is complete. Please enjoy running and soccer; both are wonderful for bone health. Bone is a living, shifting tissue and weight bearing exercise strengthens the bone as to best support the activity demanded. ...Read more

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Will bow legs get worse?

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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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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Will tendonitis affect the recovery time from a calf augmentation? Should I be concerned about my tendonitis getting worse after a calf augmentation which I'm having to help with the appearance of my bow legs?

Will tendonitis affect the recovery time from a calf augmentation? Should I be concerned about my tendonitis getting worse after a calf augmentation which I'm having to help with the appearance of my bow legs?

Tendonitis: I think that there is a very good chance that the tendonitis in your legs will get worse with calf augmentation. You might want to consider fat transfer to your calves instead. That should not have any negative effect on your tendonitis. ...Read more

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Will tendonitis affect the recovery time from a calf augmentation? Should I be concerned about my tendonitis getting worse after a calf augmentation which I'm having to help with the appearance of my bow legs? .

Will tendonitis affect the recovery time from a calf augmentation? Should I be concerned about my tendonitis getting worse after a calf augmentation which I'm having to help with the appearance of my bow legs? .

You: You are having plastic surgery on the soft tissues of your leg for a bony deformity?
That totally blows me away! You have "tendinosis" where? See an orthopedist before you get any surgery done. Don't jump into a plastic surgery of your leg for looks. ...Read more

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I have a bow legs, how do I get them fixed?

I have a bow legs, how do I get them fixed?

Surgery: If there is an abnormal amount of varus (bowleg), would require surgical osteotomy to correct. ...Read more

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How hard do you think it is to get bow legs correction?

Easy via osteotomy: Bowed legs or varus knees can be routinely corrected via what is called a high tibial osteotomy (hto). Though not done solely for cosmetic reasons, but for unweighting an arthritic/injured medial (inside) compartment of the knee joint, the overall result is a straighter less painful knee. ...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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Will I get taller if I have corrective surgery for bow legs?

Will I get taller if I have corrective surgery for bow legs?

Not significant: Correcting genu varum (bow legs) can increase your height, but it won't be too significant. Maybe an inch at most, but this is for severe deformities. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

Should I get surgery for my bow legs (genu varum)?

Risk/benefit analyse: Only you and your orthopedic surgeon can answer this question by carefully weighing your risk and your benefit of non-operative and operative therapy for this condition. Take a friend or family with you to the consultation. In general, the surgery for this condition is very successful. ...Read more

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If I try to walk differently, can I get rid of my bow legs?

If I try to walk differently, can I get rid of my bow legs?

No: Bow legs are due to bone shape. Changing your gait will not have an effect. If they don't hurt, leave it alone. ...Read more

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I have bow legs and heard you can get surgery to fix this. I am 26 and only 5 foot 4 inches and heard that the surgery makes you shorter is this true?

I have bow legs and heard you can get surgery to fix this. I am 26 and only 5 foot 4 inches and heard that the surgery makes you shorter is this true?

Probably not.: You can be born with bowed legs (genu barnum) or develop them secondary to medial (inner knee) joint arthritis. Generally surgery involves removal of a wedge of bone which would shorten the bone, but the once the correction of the angular deformity is done, it more than compensates for this. Imagine the letter "l" as your leg. If you straighten it out, you'll make it longer. ...Read more

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Can surgery straighten my bow legs. I have already had surgery on both my knees. One leg is bowing worse than the other.?

Yes: Bow legs could be corrected by surgery better results when corrected young, could be done on adults also, usually they will have established arthritis, even severely damaged joints. ...Read more

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Can bow legs later on in life cause you to get athrititis, and would playing sports have an impact on that? I'm 20, I play sports, and I have bow legs.

Can bow legs later on in life cause you to get athrititis, and would playing sports have an impact on that? I'm 20, I play sports, and I have bow legs.

You seem to be: Asking many questions about your bow legs. Hence, I would recommend you consult in person with an orthopedist who specializes in lower extremity. My recommendation would be if you currently have no pain to enjoy life and play your sports without worry. If and when that situation changes you deal with it then. There happens to be many professional athletes who are bow legged. ...Read more

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After running, I have pain on the inner part of my shins and I can barley walk. Sometimes the pain lessens, other times it feels unbarable. I have bow legs, are there any good ankle braces you recommend to prevent more pain while sprinting? I bought shoes

After running, I have pain on the inner part of my shins and I can barley walk. Sometimes the pain lessens, other times it feels unbarable. I have bow legs, are there any good ankle braces you recommend to prevent more pain while sprinting? I bought shoes

? shin splints: You may have shin splints from running too often. Try a day of rest in between runs. Stretch more often. Anti-inflammatories. You could have knee arthritis. Some people benefit from heel wedges but not ankle braces when they have bowed legs. If this doesn't help, then I think he need an examination by an orthopedic doctor & XR. There could also be a knee cap tracking issue. ...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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What to do to fix bow legs?

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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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

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What can be done for bow legs?

CONSULT ORTHOPOEDIST: I would recommend you seek a consultation with a local, respected orthopoedic surgeon. He or she, after a thorough evaluation and definition of the causes of your deformity, can make appropriate recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you straighten bow legs?

Depends: Some now do not want their bow legs treated. See the si picture of earl campbell, running back of texas. Bow legged? Fast! Sometimes not acceptable in females (?) but not treated as often as in past. If found early in age, splints can be used. I would be cautious and seek opinion of pediatric orthopedist and consider second opinion. ...Read more

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What can be done about bow legs?

What can be done about bow legs?

Evaluate & monitor.: Babys are folded up tight in the womb, often causing initial bowing. Once they start walking, the pressures over their legs produces a change in shape & the knees may actually angle in at 4 & straighten at 6 or so. In decades of practice I have not had one that didn't self correct. I occasionaly get xrays to monitor the more pronounced cases. Compairing films 6mo apart can show progress. ...Read more

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Any exercises to correct bow legs?

No.: The bowing can come from a deformity of the bones (femur and/or tibia) or collapse (arthritis) of the knee. If the bowing is getting worse you should be evaluated by a physician. At age 42 your bones are formed and exercises won't change their shape. ...Read more

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Could bow legs make a person disabled?

No! It is sometimes-: -troublesome but you had it all your life & adapt. As a prior mpls area disability expert 4 SSI/DISABILITY. Covering the entire area from Duluth-Minneapolis-rochester-St Cloud-Eau Claire-Mankato. I have been the medical expert for about 10 yrs. I quit when they wend digital, & I am a paper in hand guy. ...Read more