As a child, my sister had her legs broken and straightened. My toddler’s legs are bowed.  Does this mean he will need the same thing or would physical therapy help?

A certain amount of bowing in the lower legs in children is normal when they’re learning to walk. Many children have bowed legs because of the positioning in utero.  As the child develops better muscles in their legs and becomes more competent in standing and walking, their legs straighten out. If your child’s legs don’t straighten out even after toddlerhood, you may want to consult with a pediatric orthopedic doctor especially when the following issues are present:

  • Awkward walking pattern (i.e. not direct or forward).There may be either in-toeing or out-toeing. The feet may point inward instead of pointing straight while walking or running or the feet may curve outward instead of pointing straight.
  • Lack of coordination in movement
  • Pain or discomfort

It is important to remember that most young children will outgrow the condition. Thank you for your question.