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How can I fix bow legs?

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

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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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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Is there anything I can do to fix bow legs?

No: Unless it is worsening with age this a normal variation of growth. If appears to be worsening, see an orthopedist. ...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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Would fixing bow legs then make you taller if you are already a young adult? If yes, around how much can it make you taller?

Yes: The surgery to straighten out a bowed leg would increase the vertical distance of the lower extremity and thus make you taller in most cases. The amount of height gain would be based upon the amount of deformity you have and the amount of correction achieved. Thank you for your question. ...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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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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Would after having surgery to fix bow legs affect your legs permanently, as in you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before in consequence?

Would after having surgery to fix bow legs affect your legs permanently, as in you were a quick athlete, and now not as much as before in consequence?

Usually not: The surgery you went through takes a toll on the body. This means muscles have become weaker after less activity. It will take you time to get your strength and quickness back. Talk to your surgeon about specific concerns. ...Read more

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Is there any way to fix or reduce bow legs?

Is there any way to fix or reduce 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 are some of the symptoms of bow leg?

Usually none: Bow leggedness is usually asymptomatic. I cannot recall every having someone complain of any symptoms related to bowed legs. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time for bow leg correction?

Does it hurt?: Bow legs vary in cause (idiopathic, rickets, etc) severity, and symptoms. If significant and symptommatic, corrective osteotomies performed by an orthopaedic surgeon can be considered. Recovery time varies with severity, technique, etc. Ask your surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Could you develop "bow leg" after fully becoming an adult?

Could you develop "bow leg" after fully becoming an adult?

Yes: Yes, in following situations:
1: a fracture healing with malunion (with a deformity); fx could be from injury, bone cyst/tumor, vit d deficiency;
2: any joint problem like arthritis, and this could be from a number of causes. ...Read more

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I'm 25 I have a bow leg an I really want to do surgery but am afraid after surgery it will affects me in the future what's your advice?

I'm 25 I have a bow leg an I really want to do surgery but am afraid after surgery it will affects me in the future what's your advice?

Consult w/ surgeon: I'd advise that you meet w/ the potential surgeon and ask to discuss the entire procedure including expected recovery and future issues. They'll understand how you feel. They may refer you for psychotherapy to help w/ fears if answers don't do it. But only when you feel ready, will they do the operation. That will go well! ...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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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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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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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

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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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Is there a brace for bow leg adult?

Is there a brace for bow leg adult?

Yes.: If the problem is arthritis, there is a brace that can be very helpful. It's called an Unloader Brace, made by many different manufacturers. Ask your orthopedic doctor about it. ...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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