In-Network with all major PPO Insurances. Anthem, BCBS as well as CIGNA

Dr. Frederick N. Fedorchak &
Dr. Veronica A. Kacmar-Fedorchak

Board Certified Podiatric Physician & Surgeon

Most of your physical health and appearance are inherited from your parents and determined by the genes you get from them. Genes provide instructions in your DNA that determine your appearance, health and genetic conditions. For example, your hair color, eye color and even your ear shape and size are determined by your genes! 

Unfortunately, genes also determine your inheritance of conditions and diseases. Inheritance means you get a trait or condition from one or both of your parents’ genes. You can inherit many foot conditions from your parents. Understanding what conditions are genetic can help you plan for, prevent and treat them more effectively. Below, Dr. Fedorchak explores common genetic foot conditions and how they can be treated.

5 Painful Genetic Foot Conditions That Shape Your Feet

Notably, many genetic and inherited conditions don’t directly affect the feet but can indirectly affect them. For example, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disease that affects all the joints in the body, including the feet. It can make people with EDS more susceptible to flat feet, foot pain and hypermobility. Additionally, forms of muscular dystrophy can cause difficulty walking, muscle loss in the lower legs and feet, physical deformities and more.

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Genes play a significant role in your foot structure and specific conditions. However, your shoes, lifestyle and environment also affect your feet! Just because your parents have a genetic foot condition doesn’t mean your own is inevitable. With proper prevention and monitoring, you can prevent some conditions. If f you know you have a genetic condition, getting it checked out is essential. Custom orthotics can help mitigate some of the common genetic foot conditions. Contact Dr. Fedorchak today to schedule your appointment!