Bowed Legs

Bow Legged Specialist in Kansas City, MO, Lenexa, KS, and Independence, MO

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At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our board-certified orthopedic specialists are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal leg alignment and mobility. We offer comprehensive treatment plans for bowed legs tailored to your needs and age.

Our board-certified orthopedists specialize in the diagnosis, symptom recognition, and comprehensive treatment of bowed legs, offering tailored solutions to improve mobility and enhance quality of life. Our orthopedic experts at Orthopedic Health of Kansas City are committed to guiding you through effective treatment for bowed legs, ensuring a journey toward improved leg functionality and well-being.

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What Causes Bowed Legs?

Normal Development: Bowed legs are common in infants and toddlers as their skeletal system is still developing. Most children naturally outgrow this condition by age 2 or 3 as their legs straighten with growth.

Nutritional Deficiencies: Inadequate nutrition, particularly vitamin D or calcium deficiency, can affect bone development and lead to bowed legs.

Blount’s Disease: This condition affects the growth plate at the top of the tibia (shinbone), preventing proper development. It often presents in early childhood and, if left untreated, can lead to bowed legs.

Genetic Factors: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing bowed legs due to inherited skeletal abnormalities.

Bone Abnormalities: Bone disorders or conditions, such as skeletal dysplasias, metabolic bone diseases, or skeletal malformations, can result in bowed legs.

Obesity: Excessive weight can stress the legs, leading to bowing over time.

Trauma or Injury: Severe trauma or injury to the legs during childhood can affect bone growth and result in bowed legs.

The treatment for bowed legs varies depending on the underlying cause. If it’s due to normal development, no treatment is often necessary, as the legs may straighten out on their own during growth. However, medical intervention may be necessary if bowed legs persist beyond the toddler stage or are particularly severe.

Can Bowed Legs be Treated?

Our approach to treating bowed legs depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Treatment options at Orthopedic Health of Kansas City include:

Observation: Monitoring is often recommended for infants and toddlers, as bowed legs can naturally correct over time.
Nutritional Advice: Addressing dietary deficiencies to prevent or improve symptoms of bowed legs.
Bracing: Using orthotic devices to aid proper leg alignment during growth phases.
Physical Therapy: Customized exercises to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and correct alignment.
Surgical Interventions: Surgery may be advised for lasting alignment improvement for severe cases or specific bone conditions.

When Should I See a Doctor About Bowed Legs?

If you or your child have bowed legs, working with your Orthopedic Health of Kansas City specialist is essential to monitor the condition. Our board-certified orthopedic experts recommend contacting your specialist if these symptoms arise:

  • Noticeable changes in leg length or gait
  • Persistent pain and discomfort
  • Limited range of motion or mobility issue
  • Progressive deformity
  • Appearance of other symptoms, such as joint swelling, redness, warmth, or signs of infection, may indicate a more serious underlying condition that requires prompt medical attention.

If you’re unsure whether bowed legs require treatment or have any concerns about the condition, it’s best to consult your Orthopedic Health of Kansas City specialist for evaluation and appropriate management.

Bowed Legs Specialist in Kansas City

Our board-certified orthopedic specialists at Orthopedic Health of Kansas City offer personalized treatment plans to achieve optimal leg alignment and improve your quality of life. Call (816) 303-2400 or book online for an appointment at one of our Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, or Lenexa KS locations.