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Bowed Legs, Flat Feet and Club Feet

Bowed Legs, Flat Feet and Club Feet

Flat feet

Flat feet have acquired importance after the army rejected people with flatfeet due to a wrong idea that they will have difficulty running. Most children have flat feet due to baby fat till about age of 2 yrs. Then the foot arch develops. Even if it does not develop it is not a very big thing. If you see the parents, one of them may have unnoticed flat feet, which has never given the person trouble for his or her whole life.  Conventionally, children with flat feet are advised special shoes to improve the feet. This does help the parents to feel satisfied that they have done their best for the child and hence it is necessary. But there is no assurance that the arch will develop if you do these exercises or if you wear these shoes for 2, 3, 4, years. Unless the flat feet are severe, it will not prevent the child from playing any games or doing any physical activity in the future. .

Bowing of the legs

Bowed Legs ImageMost children have bowing of the legs till the age of 4 years and this condition corrects itself.  Hence, there is no need to panic. This is normal in 50 % of the children till the age of 4. Only when it does not correct itself, you need to consult an orthopedic surgeon. They may need surgery in extreme cases. When bowing is on both sides, it is most likely to correct itself by 5 years of age. If it is only on one side, as in the next picture, then it is likely to be more resistant to correcting itself and you may need to take the opinion of an orthopedic surgeon. (Fig. 3 Unilateral Bowing).


Children at the time of birth may have defective feet. They are turned inward as shown in Figure 2 below. This condition is known as clubfeet. If detected at birth this needs examination by an orthopedic surgeon. It is nothing much to worry about and most of the mild deformities can be corrected with a few sessions of plaster treatment. If the deformity is severe, a baby may need surgery at the age of about 6, 8 or 9 months depending on the individual. As the baby grows, some mothers observe abnormal gait in the child when he begins to walk, or that the child falls down frequently, or that the child may not walk at the age when other children started walking. Children start getting their balance as the brain grows, and at about 8 months to 1 yr. most children start walking. Delay of one or 3 months is not a cause to worry. He or she may have a lazy aristocrat habit of starting their day late and that is not a crime. This is how nature works and if it is delayed it does not mean that the child is slow or is retarded. All these are normal variations. No medicines can help to make a child walk faster. Leave it to nature. If the child is not walking at about 15 or 16 months, you need to take him to a doctor.

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Atkinson patty.4 years ago
My name is pat. I'm from Seattle, Washington. All thanks to Elder okhu herbs my bow leg is now as straight as Angelina Jolie's legs. After some daily massage and spiritual herbs, my bow legs are so straight. I met him here through a friend who had knocked knees whom he treated and it worked. It's very easy. Thanks Elder okhu, your gods will continue to bless you. I know how it feels to have a bent legs, so am willing to help others. You can reach Elder okhu on Now I can wear whatever I like, my hubby n kids are all happy
tes.6 years ago
hI there!I am glad to know that I am not alone having this kind of problem.For those who tried different remedeys, can you please advise me which worked on you.I keeps on finding remedys aside of surgery but then I haven't seen any changes for good.Please yahoo acount is
I am also interested in terms of tips on what to wear that can't be notice of the people around us.Hope to hearfrom you guys.Stil, we needto be thankful to God for everything.many thanks In advance.
@josa.jehhhs.7 years ago
oh thats great
mona.7 years ago
i have bow there anything to make them straight i want to this at home onli...any suggestion
.8 years ago
Hello everyone,

I would appreciate your feedback on this: Are you struggling to find the right clothes which conceal your bow legs? Would you generally be interested in clothes which help you make your legs look straighter (even leggings, skinnies) ?Drop me an email if you want some more info.

lily.9 years ago
Hi everyone, I am 25 years old and I have bowed legs but I am doing some exercises to straighten them so far I am doing fine, I used to have gap 6.7 now its 6. I gained this result just only in 4 month by using pilates ring; wrapping my bowed parts of legs with belt and between lowest part of tights I squeeze ball.
ming.9 years ago
Hi there staypositive (i refer to the user). Could I have your email address please ? I am a Malaysian and I need your advice on the leg-straightening surgery.
My email address is:
Jason.9 years ago
to clubfeet in england: write me back on here, we should talk via e-mail.
grandma.9 years ago
recently my newborn grandson was diagnosed with bilateral club feet. my daughter was referred to shriners hospital for teatment. has anyone had the experience of being treated there. we have heard that they are very good. its also comforting to hear the accounts of those who have gone through the surgeries and castings and now they are doing great. we look forward to that hope too.
old yeller.9 years ago
i have bowed legs with club feet on the ends. i have fallen and i can't get up. my camel was also hit by the local bus, and i would like to know more about this conditions. can you help me?
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