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Bowed Legs: Overview

What is bowed legs?

Bowed legs (medical name: genu varum) is a common condition occurring in infants and toddlers. In many cases, bowleggedness corrects itself as a child grows.

A child with bowed legs has a distinct space between his or her lower legs and knees. This may be a result of either one or both of the legs curving outward. Walking often exaggerates this bowed appearance.

Who gets bowed legs?

Many babies are born bowlegged because their legs were folded tightly across their bellies in-utero (during pregnancy inside the mother). Bowed legs usually straighten once babies with this condition start to walk and their legs bear weight. By age 3, most kids grow out of the condition.

Bowleggedness is a condition very common in toddlers. Adolescents occasionally have bowed legs and in many of these cases, the child is significantly overweight.

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