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Bowlegs, or legs that curve outwardly, is normal until the age of 3 and will usually improve on its own. Children whose bowlegs do not get better around age 3 should see a doctor for x-rays and possible treatment.
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Patients can be seen by Texas Children's experts in Orthopedics.
Causes & Risk Factors
Having bowlegs is part of normal growth for most children. Genetics and obesity can also impact bowleggedness.
Symptoms & Types
There is usually no pain associated with bowlegs. Bowlegs are typically symmetric. In young children, if one leg curves outwardly and the other does not, an orthopedic specialist should be consulted.
Diagnosis & Tests
Children suspected of having bowlegs should have a physical exam and x-rays after the age of 3.
Treatment & Care
Observation by a health care provider is usually the best treatment for bowlegs.
Living & Managing
There are no adverse symptoms associated with bowleggedness.