National sibling day is coming up this month. On that note, I am thinking of foot issues, and how often they are hereditary. One can’t help but wonder, are we destined to have the same medical problems that our parents, siblings, or ancestors have? It seems like sometimes the answer is yes- if Mom had foot fungus, son or daughter is likely to get it, too. Or other times, we share the same afflictions our siblings have. However, sometimes it seems that only one sibling in a family may have bunions, or flat feet, or any other pain. Is there any rhyme or reason to it all?
Doctors say that typically when a person has a foot issue, it is something a person will have a predisposition to. Yet, poor footwear usually exacerbates it. In a U.S. study, they found that two common foot problems that were long suspected of being genetic, have been confirmed as conditions people can inherit. Both conditions, which are often painful, can cause problems with mobility. A bunion deformity in which the big toe angles toward the smaller toes, and high-arched feet that don’t flatten when bearing weight, both show a tendency to be inherited, researchers reported at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta.
Between 2002 & 2005, more than 2,000 people were studied that suffered from bunions. Researchers found the bunion deformity was hereditary in about 39 percent of women and 38 percent of men. They found that the high-arch disorder was inherited in 68 percent of women and 20 percent of men. The good thing about these findings is that effective interventions are available, and are most effective in the early stages. So, if you know that bunions run in your family, and you start getting one, you will know to head to the podiatrist right away.
It is always smart to head to the doctor if you are having any issues with your feet. If you ignore the problem, it can often get worse, and lead to further problems. Further problems usually mean MORE PAIN, and can make your life a lot more inconvenient. So, call Dr. Eric Abrams if you’re having foot issue. He has two central NJ locations to choose to visit at his offices of Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Don’t wait, make an appointment!