Bow Legs/ Genu Varum

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Bow legs (also referred to as genu varum) is a condition that can be seen in most children from birth to about 2-3 years of age. During this time it is normal for children to have bowed legs so it is usually nothing to be concerned about. However, after the ages of 2-3 most children’s legs will straighten before developing a genu valgum position (also referred to as knocked kneed).

In some circumstances children do not out grow 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.

If you think your child has bow legs and they are of concern, please come see us at Hills District Podiatry; we would be happy to help. The podiatrists at Hills District Podiatry are exceptional at paediatric assessments and will provide you will professional and honest advice.
Treatment for bow legs can include orthotics, supportive footwear, or treating the underlying condition with gentle exercising and stretching. In some cases no treatment is necessary but monitoring the condition, education and advice, is still important to address your concerns. For more information about bow legs enquire now via online booking or phone.

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