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What is Windswept Legs?

Windswept legs is a combination of bowed legs and knock knees; a knee on one leg tilts inward while the other bows outward. Windswept legs occurs when the growth plates near the knees slow down or stop making new bone while the growth plate near the other knee continues to grow normally, giving a “windswept” appearance to the legs.

What issues do children with windswept legs face?


Windswept deformity causes persistent pain in the hips, knees, and ankles because of abnormal joint stress.


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 straighten and can grow normally.

Children experience hope as they are accepted into community life.

Mobility improves so children can run, play, walk pain-free, and complete school, which leads to more opportunities.

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


When Innocent began to develop a windswept condition, his community was supportive but it prevented him from walking to school . . . and he has big dreams of becoming a lawyer! Surgery from CURE is straightening his legs. He says, “Each day, my heart sings a grateful song.”


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