Bunions: Inherited or Not?

Many people think “my mother/father/grandmother has bunions, so I’m bound to get them too”. Whilst genetics play a major factor in how our feet work, bunions are not inherited.

When our feet are flexible and roll in the big toe joint ends up working exceptionally hard. The extra force jams up the joint, causing it to become stiff. Combine that with ill-fitting or tight footwear and over time bunions develop. 

Whilst flexible feet may be inherited, supporting them through footwear and other means stops the big toe from getting overworked. Your local podiatrist can help by recommending the right shoes and creating the right insoles to keep your feet healthy and happy. 

If you’re concerned about your feet call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment today.

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