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'.


Who's Who in cosmetic lower limb lengthening & realignment?

These surgeons are not all 'knee' specialists, but rather they specialise in managing limb lengthening or limb deformity.

Most of these surgeons deal with cosmetic management, with emphasis on cosmetic results rather than...

The lives of some elderly people are rendered miserable by progressive bow-leg deformity brought on by arthritic destruction of both knee joints.

Total knee replacement offers a chance for a return to a near normal life, but can be demanding on the surgeon when the condition has been allowed to progress to extremes.