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Bow legs

In bow legs the knees do not touch when standing or walking ('bandy').

In bow legs the knees are more widely apart than the rest of the leg. It is common in small children, who simply grow out of it, but in some people the bowing continues into adulthood.

Bowing may develop later in life, as arthritis breaks down the inner (medial) aspect of the knee joint, often due to a meniscus having been removed some years earlier ('medial compartment' arthritis). In countries where diet and health may be poor, bow legs may also occur from such things as scurvy.

The correct medical term for bow legs is 'varus deformity' or 'genu varum'.

Realignment osteotomy for knee pain - a course by Adrian Wilson, FRCS

03 Feb, 2008

Osteotomy is the procedure of cutting a bone and realigning it to improve anatomy and function. This course by Adrian Wilson, FRCS, focuses on surgical realignment of the femur or tibia in patients whose knee symptoms can be alleviated by altering the forces through one or other side of the knee joint.


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