Although infants are born with bowlegs, where the knees appear to "bow" out from the body, the knees tend to straighten out between 18 and 24 months of age. This means that when most children begin to walk, at around 12 months of age, they appear to be bow-legged. Knock knees, on the other hand, are when the knees appear to bend toward each other. If a child has knocked knees, it will be most evident when he or she is around 3 years of age, and will then gradually become less pronounced. By age 7, these children will have attained the normal adult amount of slight knock-knee — 5 to 9 degrees — which they will maintain throughout their lives. Bow LegsBowlegs are a condition in which the knees stay wide apart when a person stands with the feet and ankles together. In children under 18 months, bowing of legs is considered normal. Causes Infants are born bow legged because of their folded position in the uterus. The baby bowed legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs begin to bear weight (about 12 to 18 months old). By around age 3, the child can usually stand with the ankles apart and the knees just touching. If the bowed legs are still present, the child is called bowlegged. Bowlegs may be caused by illnesses such as:Blount's diseaseBone dysplasia (abnormal development)Fractures that do not heal correctlyLead or fluoride poisoningRickets, which is caused by a vitamin D deficiencySymptomsKnees do not touch when standing with feet together (ankles touching)Bowing of legs is same on both side of the body (symmetrical)Bowed legs continue beyond age 3
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Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in the state of Maharashtra and also a pioneering hospital in the field of Joint Replacement surgery in India. It is an extremely reputed multi-specialty hospital, renowned for its excellent medical expertise, nursing care and diagnostic services.