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How Can You Correct Bow Legs 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
Cannot: May be able to unload joints using unloader braces. This will not permanantly correct the problem. Severe knock knees can lead to early arthritis. Surgical correction generally includes gradual correction with an external fixator. Acute correction can lead to nerve problems. In older adults with degenerative disease, knee arthroplasty is performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is surgery needed?: Genu varum, aka bowleggedness is actually a normal part of growing up. Almost all legs straighten out; braces and other devices used in the past were found to be ineffective. children with pathological bowing, such as from rickets, r treated medically (e.g. correcting the vitamin deficiency) b4 surgery is considered. If it is being considered, though, it is likely the only option. ...Read more
Nothing @ age 32: If this is a very sever varus deformity the only way 2 treat is osteotomy. @ 32 i would think it is a cosmetic problem not a functional 1, since it's now a problem. Usually not symptomatic unless it involves wearing of the medial compartment of the knee. Have it evaluated. ...Read more
Pliers and booze: Of course the real answer is you can't. Hammertoes and other toe deformities can only be fixed surgically. Don't waste your money on those splints and such. But as a general rule, your pain and inability to wear shoes have to outweigh the risks of surgery, albeit small. Surgery should always be the last resort. Hope this helps. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Define 'fix': Only a surgery can realign severe genu valgum. However, mild cases may respond to an unloader knee brace, or a well-designed strengthening program from a skilled physical therapist. Most patients with genu valgum experience worsening over time, however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to say: There are so many factors that play into surgery cost, including exactly what procedure is being done, whether implants are being used, in which hospital the surgery is being done, the type of anesthesia used, whether you stay more than 24 hours in the hospital, etc. Very difficult question to answer. ...Read more
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