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Bow Legs Correction Exercises

by Laura

Bow legs, otherwise known as genu varum, is a medical condition in which the knees stay wide apart when the feet and ankles are touching each other. This is a common condition in toddlers under the age of 18 months however the problem usually right’s itself once the infant starts to walk. If by the age of three the knees are still wide apart when standing straight, bow legs is often diagnosed. Usually no treatment will be performed on young children but as they grow older they may want to perform some bow legs exercises or opt for alternative treatments such as surgery.

Braces and Surgery
A number of things can cause bow legs including rickets and Blount’s disease.  It is vitally important to ensure your child receives enough Vitamin D from sunlight in order to lower their risk of suffering from this condition.  Depending on the age that bow legs is diagnosed, some children may be able to receive braces which are said to encourage the bones to grow straight.  In more severe cases or in older children and adults bow legs surgery may be advised which involves breaking the bone and realigning it.

The price of bow legs surgery depends on where you live in the world.  It can be obtained free in the UK on the NHS and elsewhere in the world the costs will depend on how bowed the legs are.  Most people who have had the surgery have said they found it more than worth it although the recovery time can be anywhere from six to ten weeks.  If surgery and braces aren’t however an option you may want to look into bow legs correction exercises.

Bow Legs Exercises
While most of the following bow legs exercises won’t completely cure bow legs, they will improve your posture which should strengthen your legs and reduce the severity of the condition.  Some of the following exercises can have quite good results when performed by children so they are definitely worth trying.

  • Yoga – Although yoga isn’t the easiest exercise to perform if you have bow legs you can bind your legs together using a yoga strap in order to make things easier. Yoga helps to improve flexibility and body alignment and the moves are known to improve the condition.
  • Pilates – Pilates is similar to yoga in as such that it helps to improve posture and body alignment. Exercises like ballerina arms and roll-up in particular can help to strengthen and tone the leg muscles.
  • Massage Therapy – This is usually performed on children and has been known to alleviate the severity of bow legs when performed regularly. Massage therapy involves having the legs moved around by a trained therapist in order to encourage the legs to straighten as they grow. One method that you might want to try is straightening the leg and then bending it up to your chest. You must repeat this action multiple times to see the benefits.
  • Leg Strengthening – By performing leg strengthening exercises you can help to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees and hence alleviate some of the pressure that is being placed on your bow legs. These are most effective in people who only have a slight bow in their legs and generally involve placing a weight between the feet and bending and re-straightening the legs. You have to bend your legs until you touch your buttocks. Do as many reps as you can. Start with a light weight, could be a pillow and gradually increase it (dumbbell) as you progress.
Bow legs correction exercise

Bow Legs Correction Exercise

Once you become an adult bow legs can be corrected only through surgery. However, the condition can be improved through exercising. Bow leg exercises also help in preventing any further aggravation of your condition. Bow legs can get worse if the patient gains weight or loses muscle mass. This is why leg strengthening exercises definitely help bow legs sufferers.

Fact: Bow legs (genu varum) is the opposite condition of knock knees (genu valgum)!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

mariam February 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

hey! I’m a grown adult and want my legs to become straight. what should i do?


katie September 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Doctors pls I need your help to help regain my self esteem. Am a
Nigerian and I have been looking 4 ways to slve this problem of bowlegged but I haven’t. Pls I need to know if the surgery can be done and where it can be done if possible. This is my last hope cos thois thing is killing me slowly. Pls help thank u God Bless.


jaylin September 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

hey doctor.i;m 20 years old and i have bow legs.doctor im too concerned with this problem.my legs really bother me too much.i cant wear short skirt or narrow jeans as every girl does because of this problem.i’m thinking about this almost every minute.please tell me what should i do in this condition?do i have to do a surgery surely?i need your recommends thanks in advance.


Rachel December 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I too suffer with bow legs and have just started, from today, the walk taking 8 large steps walking backwards with legs parallel placing the whole foot down. This enables the muscles to realine in the upper thigh and buttock. Perform the exercise lots of times during the day and continue for many weeks and see if it improves. Will let you know!! I have been teased by friends and family for as long as I can remember. I but work in the fitness industry so am constantly on show to clients and would love to solve this issue as it too has been a major problem all my life. Have looked into surgery too and its about 10K… ouch!!!!


Kristine February 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi!! I have that called bow legs!! And I really would like to know if there is possible to fix them and make them straight?? And if that kind of operations can be made in UK?? Please really need your help Doc!!! :(((


Olivia March 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

pls am really concerned about my bow legs. I need advice on anything i would do on it to get them straight. This bow legs is depriving me my modeling career. Please?


Suzy May 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

hey im suffering bow legs too. And i want to straighten my legs. If i have money i would go to “Yakson House” (korean) yakson offers bow legs correction within 30 sessions of bone theraphy. Bone therapy is a remodel of our bones and to properly align it correctly… Yakson house have branch i think only in korea and philippines. Or in other asian country. Make some research about it. I understand what u going through coz i have bow legs too. ;( but i dont have money coz 30 sessions worth 90,000 pesos in my country…


Jack jack August 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I have bowlegs too!!!ive been hiding my legs since teenager.and im thinking of this imperfection every seconds!im doing 8 steps backwards and other exercise..im planning to try yakson house bowleg correction if 8 steps didnt work..my last option is to have surgery.. Cause i dont want to be old with these bowleg.


pak July 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

hi Jack Jack..have you ever Yakson house yet? did that work out for you?


Jesver September 24, 2014 at 5:34 am

I tried going to Yakson House but it didn’t work i just spend thousands for it, but still it was useless.


mario hernandez August 21, 2013 at 1:23 am

Hi my name is Mario Hernandez and I have bowlegs and i wonder if you do this surgery i have insurance or i can write a check but I really need to have this surgery my legs 3.5 inches apart I know one doctor from Ukrania but thats too far for me thank you very much for you time have a nice day .


mona February 4, 2014 at 4:50 am

Hi , I have knoked knees problem, and i’m an hair stylist, It’s getting wore’s every day , I have flat feet and i’m using in soles .I need to work, what is the cure. pls let me know. no physio’s has helped me.


jasmin March 27, 2014 at 3:33 am

i am adult 23 years old and have bowlegs wants to treats with home remedy exercises , Is it possible ..? i want some suggestion please help me .. i really suffer ..


thiago marinho April 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Translated from Portuguese:
“Bowlegs are considered the most beautiful legs, women shouldn’t worry, I’m speaking about abençuadas bowlegs, which I consider a quality and not a deformity. I want to know exercises to make bowlegs, genuvarum legs, because I consider them perfect and beautiful.”


Shahnawaz Ansari June 5, 2014 at 6:27 am

I am 20 years old.I have bowed legs.I don’t wears short paints because of this.I want to correct this using exercise .plz give me some suggestions…plzzz


Chibuike June 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

When i was age of 1 to15 i dnt have bowed leg but now i am 18 years old i have bowed leg what i main going to do to treat my bowed leg


Bola June 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

It is true that we have to deal with some issues because of bow-leg but I know God has created me for a purpose and bow-leg will not hinder me from achieving that purpose. Although it hurts because even my family talk about it as if its a disease and I just wish my legs can be straight. I’ll keep trying the excercise. Thanks


ADEYEMO OLAWALE JOSEPH August 2, 2014 at 9:34 am



Ena Jean September 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

I’m a Filipino. What other exercise that can help me straighten my bowed legs?


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