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What are some of the symptoms of bow leg?

What are some of the symptoms of bow leg?

Usually none: Bow leggedness is usually asymptomatic. I cannot recall every having someone complain of any symptoms related to bowed legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Bow Legs (Definition)

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


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What are some of the treatments for bow legs?

What are some of the treatments for bow legs?

Depends: It depends on the cause of bowed legs. Some people have a natural curve that creats that impression, but functionally they do very well and that is not easily noticeable. In that case, no correction needed. On the other hand, if there is any existing hip, knee or ankle issue, it must be corrected to prevent the progression and cure the problem. ...Read more

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Why do some genetic syndromes that cause hypermobility include bow legs?

Why do some genetic syndromes    that cause hypermobility  include bow legs?

Abnl collagen & bone: Hypermobility is often linked to an abnormality in the makeup of the collagen that is a significant part of the capsule/ligaments the contain a joint. The abnormal collagen often does not respond well to our routine surgicalattempts to tighten the native tissue. Likewise the ultrastructure of the bones in many genetic syndromes is also abnormal & unable to withstand the normal forces, thus bending. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time for bow leg correction?

How long is the recovery time for bow leg correction?

Does it hurt?: Bow legs vary in cause (idiopathic, rickets, etc) severity, and symptoms. If significant and symptommatic, corrective osteotomies performed by an orthopaedic surgeon can be considered. Recovery time varies with severity, technique, etc. Ask your surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Could you develop "bow leg" after fully becoming an adult?

Could you develop "bow leg" after fully becoming an adult?

Yes: Yes, in following situations: 1: a fracture healing with malunion (with a deformity); fx could be from injury, bone cyst/tumor, vit d deficiency; 2: any joint problem like arthritis, and this could be from a number of causes. ...Read more

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I'm 25 I have a bow leg an I really want to do surgery but am afraid after surgery it will affects me in the future what's your advice ?

I'm 25 I have a bow leg an I really want to do surgery but am afraid after surgery it will affects me in the future what's your advice ?

Should improve: Surgery to straighten your leg should, obviously, have a good effect on your future, not a bad one. All surgeries have potential risks - for this type surgery, infection, failure of bone healing, and failure of desired alignment are just 3 possible risks - but if no complications occur then you should have improvement after surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a bow leg .Running long distance race 5-21km will have any bad effect on my leg ? Will it cause my leg to become more bow ?

Maybe: If you have bow legs you might develop medial (inner) knee joint arthritis in the long run, but in the short term your knees should not bow any more just by running. You only live once, if you love to run, run, but beware that you could have problems in the future. ...Read more

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What could be done for adult bow leg at the knee?

What could be done for adult bow leg at the knee?

Varus: Known as a varus knee and usually caused by asymmetric wear on the medial/inside of the knee. An unloader brace can help align the leg only while wearing it. Surgical options can include an osteotomy (cutting the tibia below the knee) to realign the joint, and eventually a knee replacement. ...Read more

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How much it will cost me if I will undergo bow leg surgery ?

How much it will cost me if I will undergo bow leg surgery ?

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