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Can Braces For Bow Legs Actually Work
I'm 20 and have bow legs. Would leg braces alone fix them? If yes, would it affect my athletic abilities (not being as quick as before for example)?
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
I'm 19 & have bow legs. Is there any way to correct/better them non-surgically. e.g. brace or specific exercises? If not, what would surgery entail?
No: Braces are helpful only for children who still have growth left; in adults, offloading braces can help with the symptoms but do not correct the deformity itself. The surgery involves breaking your leg and placing it in aore corrected position and then holding it in that position with usually plates and screws for approximately 8 weeks until the leg heals in the corrected position. ...Read more
I m 23 and i have bow legs and i don't want to do make any surgery . I m seeking physical exercise ...can it work?
Hard to say: Depends on a lot of things, if your muscles can overpower the joint deformity without causing pain, also if your growth plates have closed or not. Either way, never hurts to try. Good luck. ...Read more
Hi, I think i have bowed legs and im almost 17, do I need to get braces on my legs and does bowed legs affect my height or affect my growth.
Bowed legs: Hello JunedA, I like your question. Bowed legs in adolescents is commonly due to being overweight. But can also be caused by vitamin D deficiency, trauma, or kidney disease. Because you're 17, you're almost done growing anyway but I think going to a local doctor to be evaluated for vitamin deficiencies and other causes would be a great way for you to start your healthy adulthood. Good luck :) ...Read more
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
I am 42 year male 5.4ft 68kg i, have ACL tear, osteoartharitis, and varus deformities leg (bowleg), kindly suggest for which knee brace to wear?
Hinged brace: I would recommend a hinged brace that can unload the medial side. ...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
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
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 the 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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends: It depends on the cause of bowed legs. Some people have a natural curve that creats that impression, but functionally they do very well and that is not easily noticeable. In that case, no correction needed. On the other hand, if there is any existing hip, knee or ankle issue, it must be corrected to prevent the progression and cure the problem. ...Read more
Dep on Deformity/Sx: While physiologic alignment is typically 7.2º valgus, many individuals have varus alignment (bow legs). If the treatment is subtle and there are no symptoms and no change on plain filims, the treatment is expectant. Otherwise, depending on the degree of deformity and symptoms treatment is initially conservative with medication/braces/therapy. Surgical correction by osteotomy is rarely indicated. ...Read more
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