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Could I straighten my bow legs with shoe inserts, or by walking on my insoles?

Could I straighten my bow legs with shoe inserts, or by walking on my insoles?

What's your age: In children the bones are still growing and more prone to respond to manipulations with braces. Once the bone stop growing chances are that only surgery or very heavy braces may help to straighten bow legs ( genu varu or genu valgus. Make sure you rule out paget's disease of the bones. I don't know if insoles are going to help. Consult with an orthopode physician. ...Read more

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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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Does running tone thighs and legs?

Does running tone thighs and legs?

Yes: Certainly does. Also builds healthier cardiovascular system. Mix comfortable pace with some intervals (speed) and/or track workouts for variety and best results. Above all -- have fun doing it. Check out nearby running clubs. (USAT Level I coach) Good Luck. ...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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Could bowed legs affect running?

Yes: Every runner has their own form, and the shape of your legs will certainly affect your form. Although you may not technically be as "efficient" a runner as someone without bowed legs, thousands of excellent runners have leg variations. Bowed legs may increase your risk of injury, so make sure you are fitted for correct shoes and have a reputable running store observe your gait. ...Read more

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Will walking on my insoles or wearing shoe inserts help straighten my bow legs?

No: You have a problem with the bones and this will not be fixed by shoe inserts. ...Read more

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Child has flat feet causing pain in feet and knees even at rest and ankles during active play ankles look like bowed inwards what kind of dr needed?

Child has flat feet causing pain in feet and knees even at rest and ankles during active play  ankles look like bowed inwards  what kind of dr needed?

Podiatrist: Podiatrists are trained in analyzing foot and gait abnormalities in children and adults. Some podiatrists prefer to work with adult patients, so inquire if yours has a special interest in treating children. And don't accept "they'll outgrow it". They almost never do. ...Read more

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While lying down with pointed toes & straight legs stretch legs as hard as possible. Can this overstretch leg ligaments?

While lying down with pointed toes & straight legs stretch legs as hard as possible. Can this overstretch leg ligaments?

Generally no. : Over stretching of ligaments usually occur from an injury (athletic or traumatic). This is considered an "active" stretch of the ligament involved. What you are describing is a "passive" stretch which generally do not cause an injury. ...Read more

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Can bow legs run in the family?

No: It usually is due to childhood problems or osteoarthritis later in life. Sometimes it is due to traumatic injury. ...Read more

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Why are my legs bow legged?

Why are my legs bow legged?

Different reasons: There are many reasons why one can have genu varum (bow legs). Genetics, obesisty, race, among others, all play a part. There are some cases that are idiopathic - meaning we don't have a good answer as to why it occurs. ...Read more

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Having trouble with my legs. Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Having trouble with my legs.  Can't stand long, legs go numb. Climbing stairs a problem.?

Could be stenosis: When standing, spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine usually becomes more symptomatic. In other words, the pain or numbness in the legs gets worse. I recommend evaluation by your doctor who could order tests such as x-rays, MRI or a ct scan of your low back and check for other possible causes of your complaints. ...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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Is walking up and down the stairs bad for your legs / knees?

Is walking up and down the stairs bad for your legs / knees?

Walking up/down stai: No as long as you do not have any medical problem with your knees, going up and down the stairs is not bad for your legs/knees.It is good for your overall health including heart, circulation and muscles.But if you have pathology in your knees or hips than consult your doctor if it should be done. ...Read more

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Have patella tendonitis.When i sleep with legs elevated should knee be bent over pillows or legs straight out with just feet on pillows?

Have patella tendonitis.When i sleep with legs elevated should knee be bent over pillows or legs straight out with just feet on pillows?

Either option: Your patellar tendinitis should not worsen with either position at night- pick the one that is most comfortable for you. Would recommend regular stretching and icing of the patellar tendon on a daily basis. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to understand your best treatment decisions. Working with physical therapist can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Knees hurt when climbing , bending, sitting with knees bent. Also hamstrings?

Knees hurt when climbing , bending, sitting with knees bent. Also hamstrings?

Patella femoral : If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely patella femoral pain syndrome/chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more

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