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Old 07-08-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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hi all im a 22yr old girl with bow legs. i just wondered if there was anybody else on this board with the same or similar problems??? there doesnt seem to be much on the net about bow leggedness in adults, just lots of info on babies and toddlers with it, i know ive scoured the net.......

iit reallyy gets me down as i live in a very hot country and have to cover my legs bcoz i dnt have the guts to let people see them, also i would love to wear skirts and shorts and all the latest fashion with out wearing trousers again!!!! i know maybe people will say ´´u have to build up ur confidence´´ but i am quite confident in fact my job is an family entertainer for a hotel.this also included some problems i was lucky to have an understanding boss who didnt mind that i wore tracksuit bottoms instead of the standard uniform of my last job i had to wear shorts and cried every day i had people mocking me and pointing out the obvious, which as you can imagine happened all throughout school life too were i had too wear a skirt.........

any thoughts anyone on here have the same prob and have it corrected with surgery id be very interested to hear from u!!!!


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Old 07-08-2004, 11:31 PM   #2
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

Hi Sunny!
I have a bit of the same "problem". Mine is not too bad and I discovered right posture helps. Do you tend to slouch and protrude your pelvis forward? With me that was the issue. Since I payed attention to walk straight and literarilly force my bum to stick out the legs become straighter.
Try it in front of the mirror and let me know.
I found also stretching exercises for the legs are great. Can you bend down and touch the ground? Most people with bow legs can't.
I don't think there's any surgery for this cause.
Keep me posted

Old 07-09-2004, 01:53 PM   #3
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hi cicka
thanx for replying to my post, my legs are quite bandy and very noticeable ive tried what you sed and it doesnt really have any effect...ive got this thing were if i really try hard i can get my legs together but it hurts i can feel the strain in my legs i thought if i did that it wud help but i stopped coz i hurt...i can touch the floor when oi bend over....ive always been very flexible and i went tothe drs about my legs and he sed id have to see a aspecialist but also sed i was loose jointed......i didnt know weather that was connected.also do u find ur legs are more prominent when standing on your tiptoes???mine are,,,,,,

were you ever bullied at school or anything about your legs or are they not very noticeable?

stay in touch

Old 07-11-2004, 10:34 PM   #4
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

Anything I said won't have an immediate effect, but also maybe you don't have the same problem. You didn't say if you slouch....
I used to also try to push my legs together when I had nothing better to do - like waitin gfor a bus. I does hurt, but somehow it did help a bit, I find.
I think the stretching exercises helped me the most. But it was not only bendidng forward, it was the complete stretching for legs, if you know how to do it.
I wasn't really bullied for my legs. I gues it's not as bad. When I put them together there's about an 1.5 inch gap between the knees, but I also have very long legs, so it sort of absorbs it. How about your gap?

Old 07-11-2004, 10:37 PM   #5
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

It gets a bit better on the tiptoes...
Did you go to the speciallist they were sending you to?

Old 11-11-2004, 07:02 AM   #6
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Hi Sunny

I really hope this is still your email address?

I am 25 yrs old and I have very bow legs. Like you I am quite freaked out about it, especially because i think they are getting worse.

I'd love to speak more about it.... I WANNA SEE PICTURES!!!

I could give you a lot of information as I had an operation when I was 12, this temporarily worked but over the years they have bowed again, and I have also been to see a specialist privatley as an adult, and I can tell you the operation is not pleasent and would mean wearing external braces and take about a year to get over it !

Please repply so that we can talk further


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Old 04-12-2005, 06:47 AM   #7
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

Hello sunnybunny,
I couldn't agreed more with you. I am 31 years old and I have the same problem as you. For me it has been very difficult problem to deal with, I have never wear skirt because I feel so embarrass. When I was in the school I have to wear skirt because it was the uniform and many people were laughing at me. I have seen few men with bow legs but for a women this situation is very frustrating.
As you said there is not much information about adult with bow legs on the internet, and in my case it is getting worse.
I am really worry and i don't know what to do. I am also suffering of back pain and I feel very uncomfortable when I have to stand even not for very long.
At work people is asking all the time why I don't wear skirt, I don't want to give them any other explanation rather than I feel better wearing trousers. Please have anyone found any information about what to do to avoid getting it worse?
Keep posting!

Old 04-13-2005, 07:15 AM   #8
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

Don't know if this might help, but my MIL had the opposite - severe knock knees. She NEVER wore shorts!! Even at the beach, she would wear crop pants! And she refused to go swimming. So I understand the uncomfortableness you are experiencing.
Last year - she ended up getting a double knee replacement (at the age of 62) cause the knees had a ton of arthritis in them. She could have put a 12 inch ruler between her feet when she stood up straight and put her legs together. As the past years progressed, she got to the point where she couldn't straighten her legs all the way out - when on her back and her leg lifted even a couple inches - she had contractures of her knees - thus the knee replacements. She had put this off for several years (almost 10). She now can stand up straight and there is only about 2 inches between her feet when she stands up straight. Her back even feels so much better now - the way she held it before cause of the displacement of the knees caused back pain often.
Not trying to scare you or make you sad - just an fyi. I know this is way out in the future for you, but if surgery is an option now - I might recommend it versus having to get replacements when you get older. The recovery time would be faster and easier in your younger age.
I worry because my daughter is slightly knock-kneed (I'm sure she inherited it from her) and I wonder what her future holds. I have even talked to my husband about if we should do braces now or just work on some PT exercises.
Maybe a trip to a PT would help - getting the right exercises and working on them daily. But I would try to get working on something now to prevent having surgery in the future. It took her a full year to recover and she is still 18 mths later doing water PT at her own cost.

Old 06-13-2005, 02:37 AM   #9
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

Doctors don't usually encourage knee replacements when your younger. The operation is usually good for about ten years or more if your older and more sedentary, younger people are usually more active making it necessary to have more surgeries to replace the knee, with each surgery, there is a high likely hood of infections and complications which could lead to eventual amputation of the limb. There is a few alternatives that might be helpful, on the web they sell what they call lateral wedges, that fit in your shoe, the wedge is about an 1/8 th inch thick on the outside, it forces the foot to roll inward, most bow legged people have the tendency to walk on the outer side of their foot because the bone is bowed and it attaches to the knee at an angle which in turn causes the knee to wear unevenly, eventually the knee becomes inflamed and begins to cause pain, and problems with the hip and spine.

As the wedge forces the foot to roll inward, it also helps the leg to center better on the knee and hopefully allow the leg too become less bowed or to stop it from increasing to bow. I would suspect it is because there is less pressure placed on it. You might want to look up a good podiatrist who could make a mold of your foot and make a custom insole for your shoe that would do the same as a wedge, another way of doing it is to take your shoes to a shoe repair and have them put on an 1/8th inch wedge on outer side of shoe.

They also have leg braces that put a gentle pressure on the knee and give it support, and can be worn under pants.

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Old 06-29-2005, 08:28 AM   #10
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hi sunnybunny
i am a 24 year old boy and suffering from exactly the same problem. even i was teased when i was in school and college. finally,now i have decided to get over it. i met an orthopedic surgeon,who told me there is only one solution to this problem and that is surgery. he told me that it is my mindset that is making me feel so bad about my legs. but i know that it is not.
i'll be going for the surgery this year end. it would be quite painful,but i am ready for anything to get over this inferiority complex.

i am eager to know about your decision

keep mailing


Old 07-26-2006, 03:36 AM   #11
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

hello there,
I hope this thread is still goin, and would love a reply from anyone that posted msgs over the last two years. Im 20 and also suffer from bowleggedness, it's plagued me all my life. Like everyone else I use to refuse to wear shorts or skirts. I saw a chiropractor about it and he couldn't help me. I still hate my legs, I would do anything to make them straight.

When i wear skirts, shorts or go to the beach i try not to think about it (ignorance is bliss) but i know many ppl who stare, or comment on it behind my back. I can't even wear tight jeans, and i hate lookin at photos of my legs. I sometimes feel pain when i run, so i dont.

If anyone out there has personally had surgery to correct this please please respond to this post. I would like to know how well it worked, what risks there are later in life. Ive read about the wedge implants, screws and total knee implants.

Thank you to anyone who replies and shares my pain.

Old 08-04-2006, 03:57 AM   #12
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

I just want to say to anyone who reads this thread, to please go and get a vitamin D deficiency test, I have always had bowed legs but not until the last several years did they become a huge problem, for years my legs ached and my feet ached, and my hips ached but I managed, but then I started walking funny, soon I needed a cane, then two, and eventually I couldn't walk more then a few feet before I had to sit down.

I finally went to an endocrinologist, thinking that it must be some kind of a hormone problem, instead I found that I was very deficient in vitamin D, since I have been on therapy I can walk without the cane's, its still hard but little by little am making a come back, I am able to sleep without having terrible cramps, and can stand longer then I use to. I still have aches and pains but the doctor said it's from the bones readjusting themselves as they get stronger. I used wedges in my shoes and couldn't get by without them, now I don't need them.

Vitamin D keeps your body from absorbing calcium, and if your body can't absorb the calcium it starts taking it from your bones, the bones become softer and can bow, in children it's called rickets, because it takes a long time for the symptoms to occur, the vitamin D is often overlooked. Many family doctors are not up to date on all the research going on and don't test for it, or think that it is even a problem so you have to ask for it. Bell

Old 08-17-2006, 04:49 PM   #13
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

I have bowed legs and might be vitamin D deficiant. Bellsudev did you need surgery? perhaps the treatment is different if the cause is Vitamin D deficiancy.

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Old 11-13-2006, 09:53 AM   #14
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Re: Bandy legs or bow legs????

hi i'm 22 years old
and i have the same problems i have bowed legs too
and i completely understand how you feel
i feel that i hate my legs too, i can't wear any skirt or shorts
and i always feel inconfident because of my legs
no one understands this and my mom always tells me you have to be stronger and more confident, you should wear what you want and no one will ever notice it..but i just CAN'T!!
just yesterday i went to see a doctor and he told me he wouldn't recommend a surgery because it might have many side effects, plus he thinks that i only have minimal bowing
and to be honest i dont wanna do any surgery, i'm too scared , i don't have the guts!
when i see other girls wearing skirts i always look at their legs, and i've never seen anyone have ugly legs like i do, even when someone's fat their legs don't look ugly
ok i just feel comfortable to talk with someone who has the same problem.

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