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Blount’s disease is a growth disorder of the shin bone (tibia) in which the lower leg turns inward, resembling a bow-legged condition.
Blount’s disease looks very similar to bowlegs. However, bowlegs can straighten as a child ages. The legs of children with Blount’s disease get worse as a child gets older.
Signs can include:
A physical exam and X-rays are used to diagnose Blount’s disease.
Bracing usually is the first treatment option for children if they have severe bowing. If a patient does not respond to bracing or they are diagnosed at an older age, surgery is often recommended.
Your doctor will work with you to determine what surgery may be right for your child.
Most children have little to no problems with everyday activities after treatment.