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What are bowed legs?

Bowed legs is a condition where the legs bend outwards around or below the knees, even when the ankles are together. It occurs when the growth plate near the inside of the knee slows down or stops making new bone while the growth plate near the outside continues to grow normally, giving a bowed appearance to the legs.

Bowed legs are a natural part of a child’s development, typically around two years old. In some children, the conditions worsen or develop in later childhood. However, many factors, such as the child’s nutrition, health, and lack of vitamin D, can influence the condition.

What issues do children with bowed legs face?


Bowed legs hinder growth and limit mobility because of pain, sometimes causing problems with the spine, nerves, urinary tract, and reproductive system.


Children often experience discrimination, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.


Lack of mobility makes it hard for children to participate in community life, play with friends, or even consistently attend school.

How does surgery change a
child’s life?

  • Legs are straightened and can grow normally.
  • Mobility improves so children can run, play, walk pain-free, and complete school, which leads to more opportunities.
  • Children experience hope as they are accepted into community life.

Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Ethiopia


Hanan’s mom was prepared to sell her home to pay for surgery at CURE Ethiopia. What a joy for her to discover that generous donors cover all of the medical costs! Hanan’s surgery was successful, and she can walk and run pain free.

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