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Can bowlegs be prevented?

Up until 24 months of age, bowlegs are seen as part of normal development. Bowlegs start in the uterus because of the folded fetal position the infant must maintain in the womb. Sufficient amounts of vitamin D through sunshine or diet will prevent the occurrence of rickets, a cause of abnormal bowlegs. If a child breaks a leg bone, making sure the fracture is properly set will prevent bowlegs from occurring because of an improperly healed bone break. In the case of conditions such as Blount's disease (abnormal growth of the tibia bone) or genetic bone growth abnormalities, the cause is unknown or unpreventable.

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