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Genu varum, known as ‘bow legged’ is a condition in which your legs curve outwards at your knees, giving the appearance of a bow. All babies are born bow legged as the result of their position in the womb. And if your baby were to stand up with his or her toes pointing forward and ankles touching, their knees wouldn’t touch and their legs would be bowed.
Over the first 3 years of age, the bowing in your child’s legs will gradually straighten. Then he/she will develop a slight knock-kneed condition, which is when their knees touch if their ankles are separated.
Bow legs produce no pain in young children, but the most common symptom you can see is the awkward way that your child walks.
Bowlegs in young children can also be a sign of an underlying bone disease, such as Blount’s disease (an abnormality of the growth plate in the upper part of the shin bone), rickets (a vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus deficiency) an injury, infection or a rare genetic disorder.
During adolescence, persistent bowing can cause discomfort in your child’s ankles, knees or hips. This is the result of the wear and tear that the curved legs have on these joints. But usually by age 7-8 this development (as well as the knock knees) will totally reverse itself and their legs will be straight when their ankles are touching.
Because bow legs are a natural growth process in young children, treatment is seldom suggested. But if a child’s bow legs continue to persist into their early teenage years, or have been caused by injury or infection, various treatments are used in an attempt to straighten the legs, including specific exercises, braces, specially designed shoes and custom-made shoe inserts. However, the track record of these treatments is so poor that many orthopedists suggest invasive surgical interventions.
Why Children’s Bow Legs Persist In To Their Adulthood
All of the above information on bow legs can be found on the internet using a blog search. What you won’t find is what causes your child’s bow legs to persist into their adulthood.
Bowing of the legs may occur if an intermittent or continuous outward force is placed on the leg (tibia) and thigh (femur) bones. An example is the position of the legs while riding a horse. For this reason, cowboys often have bow legs.
But not every child who has bow legs rides horses. So for those who are not cowboys, there’s yet another (more common) cause of the outward force being placed on the lower legs. This cause is an inherited abnormal foot structure, such as the Rothbarts Foot or the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
If your child was born with one of these two common foot structures, their feet will severely twist when they walk. Because this can be terribly uncomfortable, they’ll subconsciously compensate by walking on the outside of their feet. This outward rolling motion will lessen their foot twist (and make walking more comfortable) but at the same time will generate an outward force on their tibia, which in turn will generate an outward force on the femur, resulting in a bowing of their lower legs.
Whether or not bow legs continue in your child depends on how severely they compensate by walking on the outside of their feet. In other words, the more your child rolls their feet outward, the higher the probability they will have bow legs in adulthood.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT