Study finds several foot deformities run in families

Among a cohort of nearly 1400 men and women aged 39 to 99 years, researchers found a prevalence of hallux valgus, lesser toe deformities and plantar soft tissue atrophy of 31%, 30% and 28% respectively.

Using software which performs genetic analyses of pedigree structures, the researchers confirmed for the first time the commonly held belief that a predisposition to bunions and toe deformities runs in families – at least among Caucasians of European descent.

The finding should help with early prevention, the authors said.