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What does it mean to be a bow-legged runner?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
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In brief: Varus knees

To be "bow legged" is very common.
Many people have what are called "varus knees", meaning the axis of their knees goes slightly outward, giving them a "bow legged" appearance. The opposite of this is a "valgus knee" which is when the knees are "knock kneed". Both can be normal variants and do not necessarily mean that you are prone to injury or arthritis.

In brief: Varus knees

To be "bow legged" is very common.
Many people have what are called "varus knees", meaning the axis of their knees goes slightly outward, giving them a "bow legged" appearance. The opposite of this is a "valgus knee" which is when the knees are "knock kneed". Both can be normal variants and do not necessarily mean that you are prone to injury or arthritis.
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In brief: See below

It means that as you run your knees point outward and your feet point inward.

In brief: See below

It means that as you run your knees point outward and your feet point inward.
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