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What can cause people to become bow legged?

What can cause people to become bow legged?

Genetic, degenerativ: As a child, bow leg is commonly a self limited condition resolving by age 3. A rare condition, known as blounts disease, will not self correct and needs treatment. As an adult, arthritis affecting the inside or medial part of the knee will cause the joint to narrow and result in the knee becoming "bow legged". ...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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What causes someone to become bow legged?

What causes someone to become bow legged?

Several Things: For young people with open growth plates, anything that damages or variably affects the growth plate can result in this problem. For adults, the most common problem is typically loss of the cartilage on the inside part of the knee...And eventually worsening erosive arthritis there with persistent mechanical overload. ...Read more

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Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

Does the surgery to fix bow legs cause you to be shorter?

No : There are several scenarios for bow-legs, genu valrum or genu varus, which is a deformity marked by an outward bowing of the legs. Minor angulation can be corrected by braces, particularly in children. However in some, osteotomy surgery may be required - the bones are exposed surgically and divided with a special saw. The cut ends are realigned in the correct position and held with screws. ...Read more

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Why is being pigeon toed perfectly fine but being bow legged is bad? I'm bow legged and I've read that this can cause a lot of problems.

Why is being pigeon toed perfectly fine but being bow legged is bad? I'm bow legged and I've read that this can cause a lot of problems.

Hip dysplasia: can give pegeon toes or bowleg the problem is when you walk the line of center of gravity crosses the wrong areas of the knee and hip joint this predesposes to early arthritis ...Read more

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Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Yes: The shape (alignment) of your legs are largely determined by your genes. The alignment varies among people, races, and ethnicities. Certain conditions such as blount's disease will cause significant bowing of the legs. If concerned, visit with a physician and obtain some long standing hip to ankle radiographs. ...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

Dr. George Gantsoudes
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Genu Varum (Definition)

Genu varum is a clinical finding in which knees are bent outward. This is also called bow-legs and may ...Read more