Understanding Bow Legs

Bowed legs are extremely common in infants and toddlers. The bowing is more visible when the child begins to walk; that is, when they stand, there is an obvious gap between their knees. Walking tends to exaggerate this gap, as children with bowed legs tend to have an awkward, waddling walk and an intoeing gait. 

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What causes Bow Legs?

  • Bow legs are common in growing children because their legs are still developing, and they will tend towards intoe-ing, knock knees or having bow legs.
  • Bow legs may be an indicator of an underlying condition such as Blount’s disease or rickets, which is a Vitamin D deficiency.

Best Bow Legs Treatment

Bow legs should resolve themselves as the child grows, but in cases where the bow legs are uncommonly pronounced or don’t correct themselves by the time the child is about 8 years old, orthopaedic or podiatric attention should be sought for the child.

As you might expect from our name, Family Podiatry Centre also offers podiatric care for children, and we would be glad to take a look at your child to see what could be done to correct their bow legs.

Written by Kardem Kiter
Written by Kardem Kiter

Based in Singapore, Degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Johannesburg. Published in The Foot and member of The Golden Key Honour Society.

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