Is there a natural remedy for bow legs?

in #health2 years ago

The core causes of bow legs are typically either genetic, as doctors suspect is the case with Blount's Disease, or down to more general malnutrition.

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When malnutrition is the cause, it's generally because children aren't being exposed to sufficient sunlight. We all know that children are usually bowlegged when they're newborn- but we also know that most children tend to outgrow the condition. In most cases, a child will naturally grow out of his or her bow legs by the age of around three years or so. In some cases, however, due to various deficiencies or disorders, an individual might continue to have bow legs even past the age of three years.

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For those who continue to be affected by bow legs until they reach adulthood, prompt treatment can become an important part of restoring normalcy to their lives. Suffering from bow legs can be quite debilitating, to say the least. An individual with bow legs will typically experience unusually high levels of stress on their knees and even on other joints while their body tries to adapt itself to the condition.
How bow legs manifest

For an overweight person, moving around can become so difficult that bow legs may in themselves actually be a reason why they continue to gain weight. Bow legs also worsen much faster in overweight people due to the increased load that's being forced upon their knees and other joints. This increased joint stress and difficulty moving can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to a vicious relationship between bow legs and obesity. People in these situations may have no choice but to opt for surgical intervention as the only available treatment option.

The ideal situation is when a child does not suffer from any pathological ailments and continues to get the right nutrition during their early years. In the absence of any bone-related disease and with all the nutritional requirements for proper bone development being satisfied, bow legs are typically not an issue. At times, however, less than optimal dietary habits, a failure to monitor nutrition properly, or diseases like Blount's disease, Rickets, or arthritis can cause bow legs to continue into adulthood.

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IMAGE A: This is the way your legs should look. As you can see, your knees and ankles should be touching when you stand up, and four separate windows should be formed, which should be between the foot and the ankle, above the ankle, directly under the knee, and above the knee in the lower part of the thighs.

MAGE B: This is a typical example of bow legs, and is otherwise known as the ‘O-shaped curvature’. This is because only the ankles are touching, which creates a shape that resembles the letter ‘o’.

IMAGE C: This is known as an X-shaped curvature, or ‘knock-knees’, because the knees are typically touching when standing, but the ankles are kept apart, which creates a shape that resembles the letter ‘x’.
Treating bow legs naturally
The sooner you notice that your child past the age of 4 or 5 has bow legs, the better. This is why routine pediatrician visits during a child's early years can be vital in treating the condition promptly. Typically, a pediatrician treating a child with bow legs will first place the child on their back on a flat, smooth surface. Then, holding their leg slightly above the ankle, they will push one knee towards the chest slowly and carefully. While bringing it back down, they will then repeat the process with the other knee simultaneously. This exercise can be carefully done at home, with a total of about 10 repetitions for each leg, 3 times daily, while ensuring that you don't push the knee to the point of injury.

In adults, there are simple exercises like calf raises and one-legged squats that can often 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.

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I know firsthand about the curvature of the legs. I have suffered from knee deformities since childhood. Can a knee deformity be corrected without surgery?

I heard that it's possible. But it depends on the degree of damage to your knee. Have you already consulted a doctor? If I were you, I wouldn't put it off and fix the problem immediately. I advise you to read the article about genu valgum. Perhaps this is where you'll find the answers to your questions and figure out how to fix your problem.

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