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Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

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

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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...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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Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Yes: As long as it does not interfere with your balance or put you at risk for injury including blistering or chafing. You may need to modify what cardio exercises that you do or cross train. If you have specific concerns discuss then with your doctor. ...Read more

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In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

Many things: The braces are used to maintain alignment and prvent contractures. Also maintain stability when rehab is initiated. ...Read more

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My younger sister is 13, turning 14 next year, is the same as me. Does she have to do leg braces? What type of treatment does she have to do?

Not enough info: What is the problem with her legs? What is the specific diagnosis? You need to supply more specific information. ...Read more

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Do braces for bow legs actually help?

Do braces for bow legs actually help?

For kids yes: They work for growing kids not adults. ...Read more

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Can braces for bow legs actually work?

Yes: This had to be done at the right age and as soon as there is a correct diagnosis an by someone skilled in this type of treatment and who agrees that braces are the proper thing to do. ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get leg braces without consulting my doctor first?

Docs, wanted to know if I can get leg braces without consulting my doctor first?

As far: As far as I know it's illegal to practice medicine without training and a license. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Strange, fleeting but increasing uncomfortable leg sensations causing leg(s) to buckle. What might be causing this? History of disc fractures, sciatic pain, mostly on one side, born breach, wore braces for first 3 years of life, had a serious back injury

Strange, fleeting but increasing uncomfortable leg sensations causing leg(s) to buckle. What might be causing this? History of disc fractures, sciatic pain, mostly on one side, born breach, wore braces for first 3 years of life, had a serious back injury

My : My biggest concern, especially considering your history of disc problems and sciatica as well as previous serious back injury would be that the buckling and strange painful leg sensations are due to ongoing and perhaps progressive nerve irritation/entrapment from your lower spine. While nonspecific, numbness or tingling may also be present with nerve damage. More serious signs of problems, necessitating immediate evaluation would include loss of bowel or bladder control. You really should be evaluated by at least your primary care physician if not an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is rickets curable without surgery or leg braces?

Please help docs! is rickets curable without surgery or leg braces?

Rickets: Rickets is a disorder of Vitamin D deficiency, that softens the bones. Vitamin D replacement is the cure. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000344.htm ...Read more

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If I do take the treatment, what are the methods of fixing genu valgum? Do I have to do leg braces?

If I do take the treatment, what are the methods of fixing genu valgum? Do I have to do leg braces?

Too old for braces: Too old for braces to work.If severe will need a distal femoral osteotomy. ...Read more

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Could a 14 year old girl get leg braces to help straighten her legs? Would it work?

Could a 14 year old girl get leg braces to help straighten her legs? Would it work?

Not likely: There are actually very few things that are even "brace correctable" despite what grandma tells you. And certainly none at that advanced age that would come up now that you didn't have under treatment before, for instance, problems because of cerebral palsy. Need to talk to a pediatric orthopedist to see if the problem even is with her legs not being straight. ...Read more

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Can I get disability plates with full thickness cartilage loss in patella and mech. unstable ankle same leg? Need braces to walk without pain.

Can I get disability plates with full thickness cartilage loss in patella and mech. unstable ankle same leg?  Need braces to walk without pain.

Yes it depends: most states require your doctor or healthcare provider to check off on state form whether you meet specific parameters of inability to ambulate specific distances you must check with your state and download the form bring to your healthcare provider and have form filled out as to the particular reason and have form signed and checked as to temporary or permanent most placardwould require renewal ...Read more

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Anteversed hip till 8 yr corrected using braces for legs but not hip. Now I have snapping hip 2 yr wid pain. i cant sit cross legged even now. 17yrs F?

Anteversed hip till 8 yr corrected using braces for legs but not hip. Now I have snapping hip 2 yr wid pain. i cant sit cross legged even now. 17yrs F?

See an orthopedist: If you are continuing to have pain and problems, you should see your orthopedist. They know your history and can do an exam that will best indicate the next step in your care. I'd consider that physical therapy may be of benefit. ...Read more

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All 5 specialists and my dds pt and ot think she needs legs braces she is 2 but the ortho seems to not care about any of it should we find a new ortho?

All 5 specialists and my dds pt and ot think she needs legs braces she is 2 but the ortho seems to not care about any of it should we find a new ortho?

Yes: From the nature of your question it appears that you have lost confidence in this particular doctor. If that is the case then yes, you should find a new orthopedist. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son has crooked legs. Gillette's told us they don't do braces anymore and wait until 4 yr old then do surgery. Wonder if braces would help?

My 2 yr old son has crooked legs. Gillette's told us they don't do braces anymore and wait until 4 yr old then do surgery. Wonder if braces would help?

Define Crooked: The typical newborn & early toddler looks bowlegged until about 3, knock need from 4-5 and shifts in development have them straight legged at 6-7. A kid with legs that do not mirror each other is more likely to need corrective work. I haven't had a kid need either braces or surgery in 3 decades of monitoring thousands. Rare exceptions occur & are usually handled by children's hospital specialists. ...Read more