Are bunions hereditary?

Bunions and high heelsThere is much debate about this topic in the medical literature.  There are certain genetic traits that can lead to abnormal biomechanics of the lower extremities.  In other words, joint hypermobility or ligament laxity can lead to abnormal motion through the foot and can potentially lead to a bunion deformity. Whether you have inherited these risk factors or not, any bunion formation will be aggravated by poor shoe choice. Always make sure your shoes leave enough room for your toes to move freely. If you are at risk for developing bunions, consider checking out if a custom orthotic could help head off a painful problem that could limit your activities. Contact Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker, CO by calling 303-805-5156 and let us help fit you with custom inserts designed just for you.

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Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC