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  • Bowlegs refer to inward bowing, while knock-knees refer to the outward bowing of the lower leg.
  • These result from the change of angles formed by the shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur).  In bowlegs, the space between the knees is increased and a mild in-toeing gait is often seen. Physiologic bowlegs or knock knees are the most common cause of the disease in childhood.

  • Physiological bowlegs or knock knees are considered as a course of normal development.  Some cases of bowlegs are present between the ages of 1 and 3, but generally appear between 4 and 7 years of age.  The natural correction of this condition usually occurs around the age of 7, when the lower leg achieves a normal alignment
  • Fracture involving growth plate
  • Rickets
  • Blount's disease -- growth disorder of the tibia that causes bowlegs.

  • X-ray test may be necessary to rule out bone diseases.

  • As time goes on, physiologic bowlegs or knock-knees corrects itself naturally.  The treatment of other diseases depends on the underlying causes.

  • Over 95% of physiological bowlegs or knock knees correct themselves.

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