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Pediatric Bowlegs

Bowlegs are a condition in which the legs curve outward at an extreme angle at the knees while the child’s feet are together. Babies are born with bowlegs because of their folded position in the uterus (womb), so the condition is normal in infancy. The legs straighten as the child begins to put weight on them and learns to walk.

If the bowlegs don’t straighten by the time the child is 2 to 3 years old, or if they worsen, they may be caused by a rare, more serious condition. If left untreated, bowlegs can lead to:

  • Deformities in the legs, including differences in leg lengths if only one leg is bowed
  • Difficulty walking and running
  • Higher risk of arthritis in later life
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Katie Endres

Katharine Endres

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma, Spine Specialist
Kaleb Friend

L Kaleb Friend

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Diana Hines, CPNP, CPNP-PC

Diana Hines

Nurse Practitioner
Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Leanne Sellier

Leanne Sellier

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma, Spine Specialist
Sean Tabaie

Sean Tabaie

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Laura Tosi

Laura Tosi

Director, Bone Health Program
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Rare Bone Disease, Bone Health and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Lindsay Weigley

Lindsay Weigley

Physician Assistant
Bone Health, General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Megan Young

Megan Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Limb Lengthening and Deformity, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Nancy Zonarich

Nancy Zonarich

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Bone Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Spine Specialist
Departments

Departments

Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

For more than 25 years, the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic has provided multidisciplinary care for infants, children, and young adults with various forms of skeletal disorders.

Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program
Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.