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Bow Legs

Bow Legs (Genu Varum)

Bow legs, also known as genu varum is an outward curving of the lower legs that can be observed when the child stands with their feet together. With bow legs, there is a distinct space between the lower legs and knee. It is commonly seen in children from birth to about 2-3 years of age. At this age, it is normal for children to have bowed legs, so there is usually no need for concern.

In some circumstances, children do not outgrow their bow legs, and it can lead to pain and discomfort in the ankles, hips or knees. Bow legs can also be associated with underlying causes such as a lack of vitamin D, trauma, or growth disorders such as Blount’s disease.

Bow Leg Assessment and Treatment at Mint Footcare

At Mint Foot Care Podiatry, we diagnose this condition by taking a comprehensive history and undergo a thorough observation. We also perform a biomechanical assessment.

Based on the findings, a combination of treatment options may be prescribed including:

If bow legs are left untreated, it can result in osteoarthritis or trouble walking as the child ages, so please get in touch with our team at Mint Footcare and book in a podiatry appointment with us if you are concerned about bow legs in your child.

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