No one is perfect. Many people are afflicted with minor imperfections and one of these is bow-leggedness. While minor bow leggedness isn’t an issue, very pronounced bow leggedness can have quite the negative effect on the knees.
Bow-leggedness in young children
If your child has bow legs there’s no need to worry. Most cases correct themselves over time. If you aren’t aware of what constitutes bow-leggedness, the condition is described as when an individual can touch their ankles together and have an above average amount of space between their knees.
What causes bow leggedness
Bow-leggedness can be caused by any of a variety of things. Early childhood development may cause legs to curve. A child being put in a walker before their legs are ready to bear the weight can also cause the development of a curve. Blounts’ disease and lead poisoning are also more unfortunate causes. The most common however is a lack deficiency of Vitamin D.
Fixing bow leggedness
Everyone doesn’t outgrow their bow-leggedness. This is unfortunate but true. While it’s entirely possible to live with it, for those in extreme cases it can be a major inconvenience. These people or their parents may look to fix the condition and there are multiple ways to do this.
The option that people consider is often surgery. This method is extreme but often unneeded. There are far less intrusive methods that are effective and should be tried prior to surgery especially if the individual is extremely young.
Find the actual cause of the condition
Before you try to solve an issue, the best move is to find the root cause. As mentioned above bow-leggedness can be caused by one or more factors and that needs to be address. You may evenbe wasting time and money by treating the condition incorrectly if you don’t know what you’re dealing with.
Dealing with real medical issues
If the condition mandates medical attention, get it. Diseases and poisonings aren’t soething that can simply be waited out sometimes. While nonsurgical options are still there, sometimes injections or even chemo are needed if the individual in question is afflicted with specific conditions.
Treatments that don’t involve surgery
As mentioned above, one of the causes for bow-leggedness is a deficiency in Vitamin D. The vitamin affects calcium absorption so a lack thereof would weaken bones. Supplementing a proper diet with Vitamin D and calcium along with specific exercises can be used to treat the condition.
Exercises should focus on strengthening the leg muscles, especially the muscles in the upper thighs. These along with the those in the calves and hamstrings help pull the leg into proper alignment. Consistency in these exercise help stabilize the leg and the increasing strength may help with bone structure.
Seeking professional assistance
Physiotherapy is vital in fixing bow-leggedness without surgery, but everyone doesn’t have the answers. If you have questions on an exact regimen of exercises speak to a therapist. They should be able to analyze the situation, give proper counsel and scale the training as the condition improves. Your effort and time matter when pursuing nonsurgical methods.
Bowed leg correction can be a vital or cosmetic depending on the individual. Everyone, however, should have a right to it. If you or someone you care about is affected, the first step is to educate yourself on what can be done. Seeking professional assistance is always a good second step.
If the case or cause is severe surgery may be needed, but before you go under the knife keep the above in mind.