Bowlegs (Genu Varum)

Genu varum (bowlegs) is an angular deformity of the knees. It is common for young children and younger athletes to be sent to an orthopedist for evaluation, but most patients are within the normal limits. Although most bowlegs will resolve on their own, it is important to identify patients outside the normal limits who may need further evaluation. It is also important to give families reassurance about patients within normal limits (see Figure 1).

Normal Development of the Legs

While developing, the fetus is usually positioned with hips and knees flexed in ...

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