Know all about bowlegs and how to prevent it!
The condition of having bowlegs is also called as Genu Varum. People who are bowlegged have their knee bone pointing apart when they join their ankles and keep their feet straight. Bowlegs are common in children but the condition automatically corrects unless the child is suffering from some other disorder. Bowlegs have various causes and symptoms; if we are cautious enough, we can prevent it. Let us read more about bowlegs here.
1 What causes bowlegs?
Every child seems to have bowlegs initially but it automatically straightens. Infants have this condition due to being crammed in the womb but once they start to walk, the condition cures. However, if a child still appears to be bowlegged, there must be some disorder that hinders the bone structure formation.
There are many reasons that could cause bowlegs in children even after the age of three; it could be a disease, poisoning or lack of nutrients. One such cause could be Blount’s disease; this disease could occur both in children and teenagers. In this condition, the growth plates on the upper portion of the tibia develop abnormally, which results in lower legs being arched or bow shaped.
Another cause could be rickets, which is common in underdeveloped countries as unlike in developed countries, milk and other products are not fortified with vitamin D. A child doesn’t get or is unable to metabolize vitamin D and ends up with rickets. Broken bones, which haven’t healed properly, can also cause bowlegs.
2 Symptoms of bowlegs
Bowlegs condition has plenty symptoms that could help us identify it and get it diagnosed. Bowlegs are easily noticeable in children. The legs bow outward and knees don’t touch when the ankles are joined while standing.
Even though infants and children don’t experience any discomfort or pain due to bowlegs, adults can experience pain in knees and hips due to the abnormal bone structure resulting from this condition. It is very important to get X-ray done when you notice this condition.
When bowlegs are untreated in adults, their legs curve and cause arthritis in knees, hips and ankles, which causes continuous pain.