Bow Leg Treatment
Bowleg is when the legs curve outward. It may surprise you, but this condition occurs in almost all children. Also known as genu varum, in children under 18 months, it is considered normal.
Babies are born bowlegged because of their folded position in the uterus. The infant's bowed legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs begin to bear weight (about 12 to 18 months old).
By around age 3, if the bowed legs are still present, the child is called bowlegged. This is when you should contact an expert foot and ankle specialist.
Bowleg can also be a symptom of a disease such as Blount's disease, dysplasia (abnormal development), fractures that do not heal correctly, lead or fluoride poisoning or Rickets (vitamin D deficiency).
To diagnose bowlegs, a foot and ankle doctor must examine the legs and knees. The distance between the knees while the child is lying on his or her back is a clinical measurement of bowleg.
Bowlegs that do not go away and are not treated may lead to early-developed arthritis, knee pain and progressive deformation. These children may need treatment for bowlegs, which may include orthotic braces, special shoes, casts, or if their conditions worsen, surgery.
The good news is corrective surgery for bowlegs is a minimally invasive and does not leave big scars. A 40-minute operation with installation of Ilizarov-Veklich device for external fixation is what bowleg victims need for successful treatment. This minimally invasive surgery means that there are no major blood vessels injured and no blood transfusion is required.
A patient will need 2.5-3 months for rehabilitation, then a foot and ankle surgeon will remove the Ilizarov-Veklich device. If the bowlegs are severe, patient's rehabilitation can take more time. After the Ilizarov-Veklich device is removed, an ankle and foot doctor should not allow patient to bear heavy weight or participate extreme sports etc for the next 2 months.
If you or someone you love is interested in bowleg treatment, a foot and ankle doctor can examine your legs and give you the best course of action.
The Limb Lengthening Institute of Los Angeles is a premiere medical group and their experienced surgeons are the only doctors who do bowleg treatment in the Los Angeles area.
Please call (626) 447-2184 (Arcadia) or (818) 408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.