X and O legs in children

Correction of the X-legs or bow legs in infants is usually not necessary and cannot be influenced even with extensive physiotherapy. X-legs, which appear in prepubescent growth and show a shift of the leg support axis, can be corrected quickly and easily with a small surgical intervention.

Deviations in the leg axes are a common finding in children. There are two frequency peaks, namely after the start of the run up to the 3rd – 5th year of life. On the other hand, leg axis deviations increasingly occur in the pubertal growth spurt (from the age of 9). X-legs are much more common than O-leg formations.

Christina Cherry