Genu varum means 'bow knees' or 'bow-legs'.

varus legs
Mild genu varum or varus deformity.


Implications of genu varum

Genu varum is quite common in choldren and usually corrects itself, although some with grow to adults and retain the deformity. Most adult genu varum in the developed world, though, is secondary to medial meniscectomy. In deprived countries dietary deficiencies may be the cause.


Article explaining how an elderly person's life was changed by a bilateral knee osteotomy.



Association of Soccer and Genu Varum in Adolescents. Asadi K, Mirbolook A, Heidarzadeh A, Kivi MM, Meybodi MKEM and Rad MR. Trauma Mon. 2015 May; 20(2): e17184.

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