Bowlegs (Genu Varum) - 10 Must Know Facts
Bowleg is a slight deformity by which the legs curve outward. See the picture above.
Here are 10 things you should know about this condition;
- Because of the position of the foetus, every child is born bowlegged.
- The feet may sometimes point inward but don’t worry, this would correct itself as the baby begins to grow.
- By the time babies reached a year and six months (period they should be walking), their bowlegs begins to self correct.
- At age three, the legs should be straightened out but if it persists, it’s time you see a doctor preferably an orthopaedic.
- A persistent bowleg could be as a result of an underlying infection or trauma.
- Rickets and Blount’s disease could cause bowleg.
- Children who are overweight tend to have bowleg or knock-knee because the knees wears out from carrying the body’s excess weight.
- You don’t need to fidget over the bowleg of a child but when an adult has bowleg, a correctional surgery may be needed.
- If bowleg is left untreated, it could trigger off the early onset of arthritis.
- Slight bowlegs may be seen in some adults because it sometimes never corrects itself completely.