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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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Hello,sir i have inherited bow legs and diff between both knees is 3 inches,do it cause any effect on height if yes should i go for surgery?

Bow legs & height: As you grow, yes, bow legs can cause you challenges with height. When you approach the age where your growth plates close and fuse, you would have reached your adult height, of which timing varies. Reasons for surgery should include persistent pain from walking or severe limitations because of the bow legs. Surgery for height, may not be beneficial and expose you to unnecessary surgical risks. ...Read more

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Are bow legs permanent?

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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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

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Will bow legs get worse?

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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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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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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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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How to cure bow legs when your a teen?

How to cure bow legs when your a teen?

Get this addressed: An orthopedist can recommend surgical and nonsurgical options that are right for you. ...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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