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Bow legs

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Bow legsBow legs are when the legs curve out like a bow. When a tamaiti (child) stands with their feet together there is a gap between their knees.

This is usually because their legs were in a cramped position when they were in the womb.

Bow legs are common in pēpi (babies) and toddlers. They usually straighten out by about three years of age and do not usually need any investigation or treatment.

Very rarely bowing is caused by an illness that will need treatment. See your general practice team if:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2022.

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