The older a child is when the condition is detected, the more apparent these changes will be on x-ray. However, scientists believe that it is the combination of several contributing factors including genetic, environmental, and mechanical. This uneven bone growth causes the tibia to bend outward instead of grow straight. Blount disease is more common in kids who:. Adults with arthritis may benefit from wearing leg braces or special insoles to reduce the strain on their knees. Parents are often concerned, especially if there are adults in the family who are bowlegged or who needed splints or braces while growing. This then corrects the knee angle to a straighter position.
However, only a very small number of children need treatment. It's also more common in people of African heritage, kids who started walking at an early age, and those with a family member who had it. A single bow leg or knock knee should be evaluated. Children with persistent knock knees who are still rapidly growing are more likely to be offered the guided growth operation. An inward twist of the femur thigh bone , combined with an outward twist of the tibia shin bone can cause an appearance of knock knees.
Infants and toddlers often have bow legs. If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer. Certain conditions that cause bowed legs or knock knees can be inherited. In the meantime, doctors at Children's try to make sure that your child's legs can straighten themselves naturally. Older children and teenagers may not have spontaneous improvement in their alignment. Most children between one and two are quite bowlegged. Bow legs or genu varum is when the legs curve outward at the knees while the feet and ankles touch.
Many times, knock knees and bowed legs occur in both legs at the same time. What is spondylolisthesis? The medical name for bowed legs also referred to as bowlegs is physiologic genu varum. In some rare cases, children can have bowlegs from other conditions such as vitamin D deficiency rickets , arthritis , trauma, infection, tumors, or bone diseases. Bow legs don't usually bother young children because the condition doesn't cause pain or discomfort.