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Can bow legs run in the family?

Can bow legs run in the family?

No: It usually is due to childhood problems or osteoarthritis later in life. Sometimes it is due to traumatic injury. ...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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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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I have a bow leg. Running long distance race 5-21km will have any bad effect on my leg? Will it cause my leg to become more bow?

I have a bow leg. Running long distance race 5-21km will have any bad effect on my leg? Will it cause my leg to become more bow?

Maybe: If you have bow legs you might develop medial (inner) knee joint arthritis in the long run, but in the short term your knees should not bow any more just by running. You only live once, if you love to run, run, but beware that you could have problems in the future. ...Read more

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I have bow leg. I am a road runner, normally run around 30km per week. I realise that my left leg will be slightly bower than my right leg. What cause it?

Genu Varum: Bowing of the legs is usually a developmental positioning of the knees of unknown origin. It can be associated with diseases that effect bones such as rickett's and blount's disease. The most common cause is "we don't know". Asymmetry of the bowing is usually very slight if at all. For a runner the biggest concern is if excessive more pressure is directed to the medial compartment of knee. ...Read more

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Could bowed legs affect running?

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 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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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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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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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

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Is it normal for a child to have bow legs.

Yes: Once pathological conditions such as blount's disease or rickets have been ruled out, some bowing of the legs is normal in toddlers. ...Read more

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Which exercises should I do to fix bow legs?

Which exercises should I do to fix bow legs?

None: If you're talking about a baby, then bowed legs often straighten themselves out. If you're talking toddler at or around age two, then you need an evaluation from a pediatric orthopedist. If you're asking about an adult, then the answer is still none. The shape of your legs is the shape of your legs. But exercise is still a good idea. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bow legs?

Bowed legs: 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. No treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to have bow legs?

Is it normal for babies to have bow legs?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure or prevent ' bow' legs?

Is there a way to cure or prevent ' bow' legs?

Age related: In children under two, almost all are bow legged to some degree and they outgrow it by 2-3 years of age. An adult who is bow legged from childhood...Don' know what can
be done non surgically.
Rickets is a well know cause of bow legs and is a result f vitamin d and calcium so taking vit d from birth and eaiing a balanced diet and playing outside in the sun for 15-20 min a day without sunscreen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat bow legs without surgery?

BOW LEGS: Non-operative: 'orthotic' management considered in infantile form: less than 3 yr with mild deformity. Knee-ankle-foot orthosis to be worn 22-23 hrs/d for 1 yr.
Surgical: age 4 yr or more, failure of orthotic management with more severe deformities.
Your child's orthopedic doc will explain in detail after complete evaluation of degree of defrmity. ...Read more

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Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

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 over 8-10, there is not much that can be done. ...Read more

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Are rickets and is bow legs related to each other?

Rickets can cause: bow legs, but not all bow legs are caused by rickets and not all people with rickets have bow legs. Rickets is softening or weakening of bones, caused by a Vitamin D deficiency, and that can lead to bow legs, as well as other skeletal deformities. Speak to your/your child's doctor for more information. ...Read more

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How are rickets and bow legs related to each other?

How are rickets and bow legs related to each other?

Mechaics: The rickets result from a dietary deficiency of the agents that assure your bones can become strong and support the body. A baby with rickets has softer bones, and as they begin to stand and walk, this exaggerates the common bowing of infancy. Weak bones prevent the normal change from mild infant bowing to straighter appearance later on. ...Read more

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Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Could the surgery to fix bow legs make you shorter?

Depends on age: For children with severe genu varum (bow legged) that require surgery that might happen if the growth plate is involved. For adults it is unlikely to make you shorter. ...Read more

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I have bow legs. How can I correct them without surgery?

You can't: I'm sorry, but I don't believe bow legs can be corrected in an adult without surgery. Physical therapy may help to some degree, but modalities like leg braces are not as effective in adults as they are in children. You should talk to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a physiatrist (PM&R doctor). ...Read more

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Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

No: There are several scenarios for bow-legs, genu valrum or genu varus, which is a deformity marked by an outward bowing of the legs. Minor angulation can be corrected by braces, particularly in children. However in some, osteotomy surgery may be required - the bones are exposed surgically and divided with a special saw. The cut ends are realigned in the correct position and held with screws. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you perform correction surgery for bow legs?

I don't: But there is a procedure and it would be done by an orthopedist. You might want to find one that specializes in this field... ...Read more

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What can I do if my lower legs become curved. Do you think I have bow legs?

Maybe: If your lower legs are curved, there can be several causes. Some are due to nutritional problems, others are unhealthy conditions. I
one of the problems with bowed (curved) lower legs is that they can make you walk differently and put stress on feet ankles and knees and hips. Over time, this can lead to other problems. Might be a good idea to see a doc about addressing n treating underlying cause. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between people with bow legs and how much milk they have consumed?

Is there a connection between people with bow legs and how much milk they have consumed?

May be: It depends what the reason for bowing of the leg.
Some time could be the lack of vitamin D, that kind may be could effected by the lack milk consumption. This kind also have other factors.
The second main reason for bowing is congenital (born with it).
The most common in the USA is development bowing which the milk have no effect on it. ...Read more