Many foot problems are hereditary, but that doesn’t mean they will happen to you. If a grandparent or parent has a problem such as a bunion, you may be at an increased risk for developing one as well, but there are certain ways to reduce your risk and prevent foot problems caused by genetics from happening in the first place. Our experienced Tarrant County podiatrist explains.
Types of Foot Problems Caused by Genetics
There are a variety of factors that can cause foot problems such as the type of footwear you choose or having a medical condition such as diabetes. In addition, many causes of foot problems can be genetic.
Common Foot Problems That Can Be Hereditary
- Bunions. Some people are more likely to develop bunions due to a genetic disposition based on their foot type. In addition to genetics, bunions can result over time from wearing shoes that do not fit properly or be caused by a possible injury. Most people are not born with bunions.
- Hammertoe. Depending on the shape and type of your foot, genetics can play a role in developing a foot deformity such as hammertoe.
- Flat feet. Having flat feet can be inherited and can lead to foot pain and other problems such as plantar fasciitis. You can also be at a higher risk for having a high arch as well.
- Ingrown toenails. Some people are more prone to ingrown toenails due to the shape of their toes and nails.
- Foot ulcers. You can have a genetic predisposition for diabetes which can lead to serious foot problems such as foot ulcers.
When You Have a Genetic Predisposition for Foot Problems
There are several things to do to reduce your risk of suffering from genetic foot problems. One of the most important things to do is see a podiatrist at the first sign of a problem. Our Tarrant County podiatrist can check your feet regularly and recommend options for keeping your feet healthy.
Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Foot Problems
- Wear shoes that are comfortable and fit properly. Avoid shoes with high heels or those that are tight in the toe area.
- Check your feet daily for signs of injury or abnormality. If you notice any calluses or corns, do not attempt to remove them at home; rather, seek treatment from a podiatrist.
- Keep your toenails trimmed, and cut them straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Moisturize your feet to prevent cracks and dry skin. Never apply lotion between your toes.
- Wash your feet daily using mild soap and warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry your feet after washing.
Contact Our Tarrant County Podiatrist Today!
If you are experiencing foot pain or notice signs of a problem, contact our Tarrant County podiatrist for a consultation today. We can create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.