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How do bowlegs affect the body?

As the name implies, someone with this condition has legs that curve or bow away from each other. Most experts agree this is a normal condition in children up to age three to four. Typically, this condition corrects itself. If it lasts longer, it can adversely affect the growth and development of a child's body, and treatment options, such as braces or surgery, would need to be considered. Without treatment, arthritis or deformity can occur.

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