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Pediatric Orthopedics - Bowlegs, Knock Knees

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If a child's legs aren't completely straight, he or she may have bowlegs (legs curving outward) or knock knees (knees come together and the lower legs point forward). 

Often, a child will start out with bowlegs, the legs may straighten, then the child may become knock-kneed. 

Marshfield Clinic has pediatric orthopedists available to diagnose and treat any problem with the bones and joints.


Bowlegs and knock knees almost always correct themselves as a child reaches adolescence. If the child's legs get progressively worse, which is rare, braces or surgery may be recommended.

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