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The Word "Rickets" is derived from 'Wrickken' meaning to twist.5 It occurs due to vitamin D deficiency and decreased intake of calcium in diet leading to softening of bones resulting in fractures and deformities.6 There may be bone pain, muscle weakness, growth disturbance, bowlegs, pigeon chest and knock-knees.6 Widening of wrist raises an early suspicion of this condition which is caused by the hyperplasia of metaphyseal cartilage.6
We must discover how this vitamin D deficiency which results in the softening of bones and can lead to deformity and fractures has been allowed to hit the nation in the 21st century.
A Vitamin D deficiency causes softening of bones and abnormal bone growth.