Early parenthood is an onslaught of milestones. From rolling over to speaking to walking, your child is doing something for the first time almost daily from infancy through the toddler years.
A parent sees their child as perfect. Nothing will change it. You want them to live the best life possible and will do anything to make that happen as much as it's in your power. We all wish to create a better and simpler life for our children than we had.
There are certain things, nevertheless, that are beyond our control and require our patience and extra care. We also find causes for concern that are not nearly as bad as we might initially assume. If your toddler’s legs seem to be bowed, it’s not just your imagination; there is a chance they are. However, it’s pretty common and could likely correct itself as they grow.
In some cases, a toddler might benefit from the use of a brace to correct bowed legs. Here’s what you need to know about toddlers with bowed legs.
When a toddler stands with his or her feet together and legs bent, if there is a clear gap between the lower legs and knees, then they're considered to have bowed legs.
While it is relatively common, it is important to note:
“In most cases, bowed legs will naturally begin to straighten as the child grows. If bowed legs have not resolved by the age of 3 years, there may be an underlying cause, such as Blount’s disease or rickets.”
Blount’s Disease: Blount's disease is an illness that can affect both children and teenagers. It is brought on by an anomaly in the growth plate on the top of the shinbone (tibia). On the extremities of a child's lengthy bones are growth plates. They contribute to determining the mature bone's length and form.
Rickets: Children who have rickets have bowed legs and other bone abnormalities. Children who have rickets do not acquire enough vitamin D, calcium, or phosphorus, all of which are necessary for strong, developing bones.
Of course, if your toddler continues to have bowed legs as they get older, it is important to address any concerns with your child’s pediatrician and orthopedist. For those with Blount’s Disease or some kind of condition that causes legs to remain bowed, certain leg KAFO braces might be recommended.
If your child’s doctor or orthopedist has recommended braces, Orthopedic Appliance Company is here to help.
We offer the highest quality bracing and artificial limbs. We service western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and north Georgia. Our product line includes the latest innovations in orthotics and prosthetics.
If you are researching orthotic devices, you probably have a lot of questions. Orthopedic Appliance Company is dedicated to providing the highest quality custom orthotic devices for children and adults throughout western North Carolina and the foothills. For more information about braces for toddlers with bowed legs, reach out to Orthopedic Appliance Company today!