Black & Bowlegged: What Really Causes It?

Rickets

Rickets is a condition resulting from prolonged vitamin D deficiency. This softens and weakens the bones, causing the legs to bow.

Paget’s Disease

This metabolic disease negatively affects the way your bones break down and rebuild. As a result, they do not rebuild as strongly as they should. Over time, this can lead to bowlegs and other joint problems. Paget’s disease is more common in older people and can be successfully managed with early diagnosis and treatment.

Dwarfism

The most common form of dwarfism is caused by a condition known as achondroplasia. This is a bone growth disorder that can result in bowlegs over time.

Other Causes of dwarfism include:

  • bone fractures that have not healed properly
  • abnormally developed bones, or bone dysplasia
  • lead poisoning
  • fluoride poisoning