Correction of Bow legs

What is bow legs?

Bow legs is a common condition among toddlers. It is also known as “genu varum”. Cramped positioning in the womb is one of the major causes of bowlegs in toddlers. The condition results in an awkward appearance of the legs. The patient’s leg appear bowed-out. Bowlegs in infants automatically get corrected as soon as they stat to walk. It happens usually during the 12th-18th months. Most cases will not have any long-term side effects. Bowlegs may develop as a result of cetain underlying conditions. If the condition persists for over the age of two, it should be brought to the notice of the doctor.

What causes bow legs?

Some cases of bowlegs will not have any crucial cause and it will get corrected own its own. There are certain other cases which may be caused due to an undelying condition. Some of them include:

  • Blount’s Disease or Tibia vara
  • Rickets
  • Paget’s disease
  • Dwarfism

Correction of Bow legs

Other causes apart from this include:

  • Bone dysplasia or abnormal bone development
  • Fluoride poisoning
  • Lead poisoning
  • Bone fracture that is not properly improved

How are bow legs corrected?

Infants and toddlers do not require any treatment unless, it is caused due to an underlying condition. The condition progresses naturally by the age of 3 or 4 years. If the condition is caused due to any other undelying conditions or other causes, it may require surgical or nonsurgical treatment.

Non surgical correction of bow legs :

For correction of bow legs non surgically, the doctor may suggest special shoes, casts or braces. The doctor may also suggest some special exercises to straighten bow legs in children. These exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles and thighs. It may include:

  • Massage therapy exercises
  • Leg lengthening exercises
  • Yoga postures
  • Pilates

However, treatment options may vary according to the underlying causes of the condition.     

Surgical correction of bow legs :

Surgical treatments may vary according to the underlying causes of bow legs.

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  • shristi

    I have a daughter of two years…suffering from bow legs…suggest me

    • My Care Medical Center

      Dear Ms. Shristi,

      We prepare all types of Custom Orthotic Devices, Bow leg also known as genu varum can be treated with the help of few exercises and in some cases it requires a splint called “Mermaid Splint”

      We need complete details of the person affected with bow legs, please send us an email we will assist you further with all the information,

      My Care Prosthetics and Orthotics Medical Center

      • shristi

        Sir my daughter is suffering from bow legs as above figure you show me….how it corrected…sir send any hospital in Visakhapatnam or send your address…sir one more thing you are shopkeeper or paediatric

        • My Care Medical Center

          Respected Madam,

          We have got a professional team of Orthotists who deal with all types of foot, knee,ankle & leg problems, our branch is situated in hyderabad and we suggest you to please visit our medical center so that we will perform an Assessment and suggest you the best possible method of treatment with bracing. In case you are unable to visit kindly mail us the pictures of your baby’s leg

  • My Care Medical Center

    Anyone looking for Orthotic & Prosthetic Devices, custom designed footwear etc.

  • My Care Medical Center

    We have got splints & braces available for all types of foot, ankle, Leg deformities like, Bow legs, knock knees, club foot, CTEV etc….

  • Steve Olarus

    Thank you for such informations.The main effective remedies for bow legs or even knock knees are: -Pilates,Physiotherapy Sessions,Exercises…But in some more complicated cases, surgery may be the only solution.I have written a post on how correct Genu Varum naturally in the link below: