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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

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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 ...Read more


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How do bow legs affect my athletic abilities like running and jumping. I play basketball and have vigorous leg workouts.

How do bow legs affect my athletic abilities like running and jumping. I play basketball and have vigorous leg workouts.

Only U can-: -answer that. If U have bowed legs, does it effect Ur athletic abilities? Usually they R present 2 some degree @ birth, & may increase as U grow. There is no way anyone can answer that, perhaps not even U, since U never were with out them. ...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 ?

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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