Knock kneed - bow legged?


#1

I was hoping somebody could give me some advice/diagnose me.

I have the structural therapy book, and I’d like to straighten my legs.
I always thought that I was knock kneed as my knees face inwards, however, if you look at the photo my ankles touch but my knees don’t - which indicates bow legs.

Also, more confusingly, if a bend my legs a little, I can get my knees to touch and my ankles to touch.

I understand that the outer thigh is an important muscle to stretch if you are correcting bow legs. Does this mean that stretching the inner thigh instead of strengthening it will undo (or rather cancel out) the stretching of the outer thigh)?

Anyone have any idea? - I’d be very grateful.


#2

And I want to look like Christopher Reeve in his blue-red costume.

Some fine legs, in my opinion. There is nothing wrong with them.


#3

[quote=linzz;12555]I was hoping somebody could give me some advice/diagnose me.

I have the structural therapy book, and I’d like to straighten my legs.
I always thought that I was knock kneed as my knees face inwards, however, if you look at the photo my ankles touch but my knees don’t - which indicates bow legs.

Also, more confusingly, if a bend my legs a little, I can get my knees to touch and my ankles to touch.

I understand that the outer thigh is an important muscle to stretch if you are correcting bow legs. Does this mean that stretching the inner thigh instead of strengthening it will undo (or rather cancel out) the stretching of the outer thigh)?

Anyone have any idea? - I’d be very grateful.[/quote]

simplistically, from just your pic - you generally look fine…
certainly not bow-leggd, nor knockkneed. that doesn’t rule out any considerations you might have regarding the hips…
‘Pronation’ (inward roll of the ankle) is ‘common’ in the ‘normal’ kinematics of leg forward bend and movement. So, yes, it will be easier to touch ankles and knees as you bend/drop your knees - is normal.

The degree of pronation is relative to many things. Hip/leg/foot kinematics are a very complicated subject, and there are no easy answers. Course its all connected to the backbone, which is connected to the headbone… :slight_smile:
further complicatin the whole thang…
Unless you’re tryin to resolve some chronic joint or movement pain/issue, I wouldn;t be worryin… as Hubert says, the ‘wheels’ look fine to me…
…there’s a lot of fun and interesting reading out there on leg kinematics, if you still think you need to ‘fix’ something…


#4

Hi,

THank you, that’s interesting. I imagined it would be complicated - but not so complicated as that! I’m fairly interested in anatomy anyway, so will look into leg kinematics.

I suppose my legs aren’t severely bowed - it’d be interesting to know which muscles make the condition worse though, but as you say - there’s prob no straight forward answer.

thanks again!


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