Bowed legs are extremely common in infants and toddlers. The bowing is more visible when the child begins to walk; that is, when they stand, there is an obvious gap between their knees. Walking tends to exaggerate this gap.
Bowing of the legs usually resolves on its own as the child grows and their legs begin to straighten. If the legs have not straightened by the age of 3 years, there may be an underlying condition such as Blount’s disease or rickets.
Signs and Symptoms
- Bowed legs with a gap between knees
- Awkward, waddling walking
- Intoeing gait