Q Are bunions hereditary?
Yes and no.
While simply having a family history of bunions isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get them as well, there is definitely a genetic component to the deformity. Your parents can pass their foot structures on to you, so if their feet are particularly susceptible to bunion formation, there’s a good chance yours will be, too. Having a parent or grandparent with the condition greatly increases your own risk.
The good news is that, in most cases, there is an environmental component to acquiring the condition as well. That means that by taking care of your feet, including wearing supportive footwear or orthotics, you can significantly slow the progress of—or even entirely prevent—bunions, even if your foot structures put you at greater risk.
If you’re concerned about a bump forming at the base of your toe, especially if you have a family history, schedule an appointment with Harvey Danciger, DPM right away. The earlier you seek treatment, the more successful treatment is likely to be. Give us a call at (760) 568 – 0108 to schedule your appointment.