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Is It Normal For A Child To Have Bow Legs
Bowlegs is a condition in which the knees remain wide apart when a person stands with the feet and ankles together. Infants are born bowlegged because of their folded position in the uterus. The infant's bowed legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs begin to bear weight (about 12 to 18 months old). Normal appearance is usually attained by the time the child is 3 years old. At this time, a child can usually stand with the ankles together and the knees just touch. If the bowed legs persist into this period, the ...Read more
Not necessarily: A child inherits half his genes from each parent, so the leg shape will likely be a mix of the mom's & dad's leg shapes. Some traits are dominant and will show up in most of the children. One can get an idea of how dominant a trait is by looking at his family tree. So, do more than half the relatives in every generation all have bow legs? If so, then the next generation is likely to have them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was born with bow legs. As a child i was treated with special boots. I still have 2 asymetric ugly legs. Is there any treatment? I'm 45 years old
Be careful: There are always people who will offer you treatment in exchange for your money. The question is whether you will benefit more or they will benefit more. If you wish to consider options see a university orthopedist and reasearch any answers you are given. Go cautiously. You can end up worse. ...Read more
I have bow legs and my fibular sticks out a lot on the side of my leg. Is this normal and can I still squat heavy weights despite this?
Probably: Hard to say for sure without knowing the severity of your bowleg issue. But you can do the weight lifting. If you start to have knee pain and problems then see an orthopedic doc. Don't squat excessive weight amounts. Hopefully you are being supervised by an athletic trainer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most babies are born "bow-legged" because of their position in the womb. Babies who were in breech position for most of the pregnancy, tend to have straighter legs, but can have problems with their hips. Bow legs are usually not treated, and will straighten as the child walks. If a child becomes more bow legged as they grow, more investigation is required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Easy via osteotomy : Bowed legs or varus knees can be routinely corrected via what is called a high tibial osteotomy (hto). Though not done solely for cosmetic reasons, but for unweighting an arthritic/injured medial (inside) compartment of the knee joint, the overall result is a straighter less painful knee. ...Read more
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