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If Bunions Are Hereditary Watch Your Step

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There are so many unique traits that are genetically passed along, such as a widow’s peak in your hair, dimples, freckles, tongue rolling, and the ability to wiggle your ears. If you have some unique qualities or abilities, you should see who else in your family has the same talents as you! We all have a lot of our parents’ characteristics, and their foot structure may be one of them. Are bunions hereditary? Let’s look at some research that has been done to find out.

We don’t often pay much attention to our feet but if your parents or grandparents had bunions, you may want to be a bit more diligent with your foot care and choice of shoes. Research published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research states that, “Many common foot disorders, including hammer toe, claw toe and bunions, seem to be inherited, particularly among white men and women of European descent.” So, why is this important to know?

Bunions can become a fairly severe foot deformity without the right treatment and intervention. When the big toe joint becomes misaligned, the bump that forms on the inside of your foot can be quite painful. It can make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably and could impact what activities you can be involved in. Knowing if your parents or grandparents had this deformity gives you a head start when making decisions about your feet. For example, you may want to avoid certain shoes, such as high heels, which can aggravate the deformity or cause it to worsen more quickly.

If you know you are at risk and would like some prevention strategies, or have a painful bump on your foot and require treatment, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery. You can reach Dr. Sanjay Patel by calling our office in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055. You can also request an appointment by visiting us online. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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