Many parents find themselves concerned about their child’s leg alignment, noticing either bowing outwards (bowlegs) or inwards (knock-knees). While these can be alarming at first, it’s important to understand that both conditions are quite common in young children and often a normal part of development.
Bowlegs (genu varum): When a child stands with their feet together, their knees appear apart due to outward bowing of the legs.
Knock-knees (genu valgum): When a child stands with their knees together, their ankles appear wide apart due to inward bowing of the legs.
In most cases, no. Both bowlegs and knock-knees are typically temporary phases experienced by most children during different stages of growth:
Bowlegs are most prominent between 18 months and 2 years, naturally straightening by 4-6 years old while knock-knees usually seen between 2-4 years old, gradually correcting by 7-8 years old.
While these conditions are usually harmless, certain situations warrant seeking medical advice:
If you have any concerns about your child’s leg alignment, consult your pediatrician. At CMC Dubai, we offer expert pediatric orthopedic care to address concerns about bowlegs and knock-knees. Schedule an appointment with our experts for guidance and personalized care to ensure your child’s healthy leg development.