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What actually causes bowed legs and knock knees?

When discussing bow legs, the first thing that usually springs to mind is the distinctive bend or curve in the shape of the legs. While standing upright with the ankles of both feet touching, people with bow legs tend to find it virtually impossible to get their knees to touch. Bow legs are medically known as Genu Varum and involve a bent or curved shin bone and thigh bone, which results in curved legs.

All babies are born with bow legs as a result of having been curled up in their mother's womb for many months. Most of these babies grow out of it naturally. Of course, those who don't lose their bow legs in the first 3 years of growth may end up living with it all their lives. This can become increasingly troublesome and can sometimes eventually lead to arthritis as a result of the damage that is caused by using joints that are continuously under strain.

It's important to understand what causes bow legs in the first place. An understanding of the root cause behind your bow legs can certainly help when you're deciding between treatment options for addressing the condition. Bow legs can be caused by various factors, including vitamin D deficiency, Blount's disease, poor nutrition, a history of broken bones and fractures, or even poisoning by lead or fluoride.

Dietary deficiencies
Children who don't get enough exercise can quite often find themselves lacking vitamin D. This shouldn't be overly surprising, as a lack of exercise will usually go hand in hand with the fact that a child isn't getting enough exposure to outdoor activities. Playing for even ten minutes in the sun each day can allow a child to absorb their daily recommended quota of Vitamin D from the sun's rays.

Vitamin D is essential for proper growth and particularly important for bone development. What's more, when a child plays, especially outdoors, they tend to develop a rather healthy appetite. This, in turn, will encourage them to eat healthy foods and enjoy the varied diet that is essential for proper physical growth and development.

Accidents in childhood
No matter how carefully you look after your child or children, things aren't always under your control, especially when dealing with toddlers. During the early years of their development, children are bound to bump into things, fall down, and sometimes even get bruised and cut while learning to walk and deal with their surroundings. Of course, unfortunately, there are even times when things get out of hand and a child can actually end up with a bone fracture.

If fractures aren't properly taken care of, the situation can sometimes end up proving more serious if the child develops and the broken bone starts growing in the wrong direction and shape. If left unattended, it's possible for a child to end up with bow legs as an adult simply because a broken bone wasn't treated properly!


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