The core causes of bow legs are generally either genetic, which doctors suspect is the case in Blout’s Disease, or else due to malnutrition.
When malnutrition is the cause of bow legs, it’s generally because children aren’t being exposed to a natural environment, and specifically to sunlight. We all know that a child is usually bow legged when they are born – but we also know that most children tend to outgrow the condition. In most cases, the child naturally grows out of this bow-legs by the age of around three years or so. But, in some cases, due to various deficiencies or disorders, an individual might continue to have bow legs even way past the age of three years.
For those who are affected by bow legs all the way into adulthood, prompt treatment can become very important to restore normalcy to one’s life. Suffering from bow legs can be quite debilitating to say the least. An individual with bow legs can face unusually high levels of stress on the knees and even other joints of the body while the body tries to adjust itself to the condition.
How bow legs manifests itself
With overweight individuals, the condition worsens much faster due to the increased load forced upon the knees and other joints. Moving about for an obese person can become so difficult that the bow legs condition itself could eventually become the reason for weight gain. This can at times result in a vicious relationship between bow legs and obesity, leading to one having no choice but to opt for surgical intervention as the only available treatment option.
The best situation is when a child does not suffer from any pathological ailments and gets the right nutrition during the first few years of growing up. In the absence of bone-related disease and the nutritional requirements of a child being met for proper bone development, bow legs is not an issue. However, at times, due to incorrect food habits and a lapse in nutrition monitoring, or diseases like Blout’s disease or Rickets or arthritis, one may see themselves having bow legs even as adults.
Treating bow legs naturally
The sooner one realizes that their child has bow legs past the age of 4-5, the better. That is why routine pediatrician visits during the early years is vital to treat the condition promptly. A pediatrician would simply treat a child with bow legs by following a very simply procedure. First place the child on their back on a flat smooth surface. Then, holding the area slightly above the ankle, push one knee towards the chest slowly and carefully. While bringing it back down, repeat the process with the other knee simultaneously. Perform this around 10 times with each leg, around 3 times daily, ensuring not to push the knee to the point of injury.
In adults, there are simple exercises like calf raises and one-legged squats that do the trick quite well by strengthening the leg muscles that support the knee. Pilates and yoga are also very useful in helping to maintain correct body posture and balance. This, in turn, contributes towards a healthier knee joint with less stress and damage.