O-shaped Legs In Children Aged 18 Months?

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Doctor, I want to ask about my child’s feet. 18 months old. Dr knee to the ankle looks like O letter or like () this. But the sole of the foot when walking does not lead into the atw out. Can it be straight. Because after I read it, it will be normal when I am 3 years old. I’ve also consulted a pediatrician, he doesn’t because there’s a different type of leg, but if you can, you can consult a bone doctor later and get a cast. Is it necessary? I recall that my child was in a bad and active period, afraid that he would not even be tortured because he was in a cast. And if it’s a long time on the cast? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Mr. Iwan, thank you for asking.


O-shaped legs or in medical language called genu varum is a condition where the knees do not meet with each other even though the feet have been pressed together. This condition generally occurs in children under the age of 1 or 2 years, and can also occur when a child is born. The cause can be abnormalities in the growth of the calf (shin), generally obese children are more at risk. Abnormalities can also occur in children who are forced to stand and walk too early. Other possible causes of O leg are less frequent, are rickets (vitamin D deficiency), Paget's disease, or in children with dwarfism. The shape of the O leg can also occur more frequently in a particular race, for example the east Asian race.


In some children it can improve on its own, especially if it occurs since a baby. Improvements occur as bone grows. But please note if not all children have healing without therapy. Some children need special shoes, special metal frames that can be attached and removed, casts, or even surgical procedures. The type of action taken and the duration of the action depend on the severity of the child's feet. Orthopedic doctors will generally do regular checks at least once every 6 months.


O-leg actually has no problem with the function of the child's feet, as long as there are no other diseases that underlie the occurrence of the O-feet. If there really is an underlying disease, then the disease must be treated first. Disorders are generally in terms of aesthetics and functional aspects when the shape of the foot is getting O.


It is a good idea to consult directly with the orthopedic doctor of your choice. Hopefully this information helps. Regards.

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