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Why Do I Have Bowlegs?

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What are bowlegs?

type of bowlegs   
Genu varum is a Latin term used to define bow legs. This condition may appear from infancy through adulthood and has a vast variety of causes. The condition is named physiologic tibia varum, which is a normal variation. Most kids have bowlegs from situating in utero (in the uterus). This curvature keeps continuing until the muscles of the lower back and legs are strong sufficient to support them in the upright position. Bowlegs in infants automatically get corrected as soon as they start to walk. It happens generally during the 12th-18th months. Most cases will not have any longstanding side effects.  However, It may develop as a result of certain underlying conditions. If it persists over the age of two or three, it may be brought to the notice of the doctor.

Bowlegs are noticeably postural deformities. Approximately, it is opposite to the knock knees (genu valgum) position. In these deformities, the knees are uncoupled, and there appears an extensive gap between the knees when a bow-legged individual aligns his feet. This deformity can be observed easily when an individual walks or runs.

What are the causes of bowlegs?

There are three types of tibia varum based on the age it begins: 1) infantile (less than three years old), 2) juvenile (occurs between four and 10 years), and 3) adolescent (11 years of age and older).

Physiologic tibia varum occurs between the ages of 15 months to three years. It would not be necessary for treatment at this normal stage of development. Yet, it’s not always crystal clear at this age if the tibia varum is physiologic (normal variation) or pathologic (Blount’s disease).

Main reasons;

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  • Blount’s disease
  • Dwarfism
  • Rickets
  • Paget’s disease
  • Deficiency of vitamin D and calcium in the diet
  • Early childhood walking with over-weight and obesity.
  • Inaccurate positioning in utero

Other possible reasons;

  • Bone dysplasia or abnormal bone development
  • Fluoride poisoning
  • Lead poisoning
  • A bone fracture that is not properly improved

What are the effects?

As it becomes more severe, the patient may have a wobble movement, in-toeing (a disorder of feet in which the toes turn inward), and secondary effects on the hip and ankle. The problem is likely to be unilateral, with a functional limb-length discrepancy, or even bilateral. The family and medical records may uncover clues to the likelihood of persistence or progression.

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How are bowlegs corrected?

Infants and toddlers do not require any treatment unless it is caused due to an underlying condition whereas individuals who are over 11 years old may need an invasive operation. If the condition is caused due to any other underlying conditions or other causes, it may require surgical or nonsurgical treatments;

Nonsurgical correction of bowlegs:

For correction of bow legs non-surgically, the doctor may suggest special shoes, casts, or braces. The doctor may recommend exact special exercises to straighten bow legs in children as well. These exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles and thighs. It may include:

  • Massage therapy exercises
  • Leg lengthening exercises
  • Yoga postures (Yoga Asanas)
  • Pilates

However, treatment options may vary according to the underlying causes of the condition.

yoga for bowlegs correction

Surgical correction of bowlegs:

An osteotomy, which is a procedure where the bone is cut, realigned, and fixed internally with plates and screws, would be a permanent solution to fix this condition for good and all. In addition to that, having both Limb-lengthening and bow correction done at the same time may be possible. But how? First, your lower body is scanned by an Ortho X-ray device and then the X-ray images are examined by our specialists. Finally, a decision is made whether you are eligible or not for this surgery. In addition to this, bow leg correction surgery is done for both children and adults and is more of a cosmetic treatment.

What will you achieve after the surgery?

  • Getting rid of the severe complications that affect your health
  • Minimized scar marks
  • New brand straight legs
  • High self-esteem


Where would be the best address?

Considering the procedure, In Turkey, waiting time for treatment and finding a suitable doctor work faster than in other countries. It is an alternative country to be considered in terms of cost affordability and quality. Wannabetaller team not only offers affordable prices for limb-lengthening but also presents a less pricy offer for bowlegs correction compared to other agents/hospitals with medical specialists and expert teams.

What is the cost of Bowlegs correction in Turkey?

Patients with bowlegs from many countries of the world go to countries such as the U.S.A, the UK, India, Nigeria, and the Philippines to get affordable and quality services. Most of them google the cost of bow legs correction and there appear to be lots of price offers.  The price range may change from 9000 $ to 13000 $ from all over the world. Although you find the cheapest surgery cost, it doesn’t mean it will provide you with the best hygienic environment, a qualified doctor, and the best service. The address where you can find all of these together in Turkey.

We offer bow legs correction surgery to our dear patients assuring they will have the best medical experience. The arrangements for arrival and departure are settled in advance. After 3 days of hospitalization, patients can go back to their countries. Or if you desire to stay here longer to be close to the hospital or the doctor, we can provide you facilities that you can accommodate based on your budget. Besides, there will be no external devices to be seen, you will only have the metal plates that wrap the bone. They can be removed within 5/6 months after the bone is fully consolidated.

Please keep in mind that we, Wannabetaller team, are the right choice for it and we will do our best to make your wishes come true. Patients can reach out to us for more information and personalized consultation via WhatsApp/Telegram +90 531 988 30 90 or e-mail support@wannabetaller.com





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