Even for people who can walk comfortably and do not suffer from bow legs, the condition itself can be worrying to think about.
For those who do have bow legs, things can sometimes seem much worse.
This is especially the case for those who feel they do not have anyone to turn to for help and advice.
This article aims to give you precisely the advice you need.
So that you can have a good idea of what bow legs are all about and right steps you can take them to treat them.
As the name suggests, bow legs are characterized by a distinctive and unusual bending of the legs in an outward direction.
No matter how close they bring their feet together, people with bow legs will show an unusually large gap between the knees.
As well as this, their legs will form a clear and outward bow-shaped curve.
All children are born with bow legs which is completely normal.
After being in their mother’s womb for several months, all crouched up and folded, it is natural that children are born with bow legs.
Once a child starts walking and is exposed to adequate amounts of nutrition through food and exposure to sunlight, the condition will often wear off naturally.
By the time a child turns 4 years old, his legs have usually already been straightened completely through the normal growth and development processes.
However for certain people, that did not happen.
Therefore even as they grow into adults, they suffered from bow legs as a result of this permanent or chronic condition.
Factors Attributing To Bow Legs
People who still have bow legs as adults are mostly likely suffering from a dietary deficiency such as a lack of Vitamin D.
Or a specific disorder like Blount’s Disease, lead or fluoride poisoning and rickets.
But studies have shown that lack of Vitamin D as the major cause.
It results from malnutrition and accompanied by a shortage of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are important nutrients when it comes to proper growth and bone development.
It is only logical that a healthy and balanced diet can help prevent children from developing bow legs through malnutrition.
At the same time, taking steps to avoid malnutrition should help to prevent the condition from worsening in a child already suffering from bow legs.
This makes it very important to have your child see a paediatrician regularly during their first 4 years so that he can ensure they are not suffering from any vitamin deficiency.
In addition to making sure that your child has a balanced diet, it is possible to reduce the risk of Vitamin D deficiency by exposing your growing child to at least ten minutes of sunlight each day.
As well as asking doctors to prescribe the relevant dietary supplements.
Blount’s Disease is best detected during its early stages when your child is still developing and has not crossed beyond 4 years.
The reason being that braces, casts, and shoes used to treat bow legs are most effective when the bones are still growing and have a better chance of re-aligning themselves.
If delayed beyond the growing years, the condition can become persistent or chronic.
While it can still be treated in adulthood, it will require will and determination, and a carefully formulated regimen of dietary supplementation and special physical training.