I Have a Foot Deformity — Will My Children Have It Too?

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I Have a Foot Deformity — Will My Children Have It Too?

Navigating the world of genetics and potential health concerns can be a concern for many parents-to-be. If you have a foot deformity, you might wonder about the likelihood of passing it on to your children. 

At Total Foot and Ankle in Enid, Oklahoma, board-certified podiatrist Scott Shields, DPM and our dedicated team are here to ease your worries. We’ll explore the relationship between foot deformities and genetics, offering insights and guidance for those with similar concerns. 

Understanding the genetic aspect 

Many people assume that if a parent has a foot deformity, their children are bound to inherit the same condition. However, the relationship between genetics and foot deformities is more nuanced:

Genetic factors

While certain foot deformities can have a genetic component, it’s not a strict rule. Genetics can influence susceptibility, but environmental factors also play a crucial role. 

Complex inheritance 

Foot deformities often result from a combination of genetic predisposition and external factors, such as footwear choices, physical activities, and injury history. 

Types of foot deformities and their influences 

Understanding the specific foot deformity in question can shed light on its hereditary aspects. Here are a few common foot deformities and their genetic considerations: 

Flat feet 

This condition can have a hereditary component, but environmental factors like obesity or certain activities may also contribute. 


Genetics can play a role in the development of bunions, but wearing tight shoes or high heels can exacerbate the condition. 


This congenital deformity is more directly linked to genetics, with a higher likelihood of occurrence if a parent has had it. 

Mitigating risks and seeking professional guidance

For parents with foot deformities, there are proactive measures to consider, balancing genetic factors with environmental influences: 

Regular checkups

Schedule regular foot checkups for your child with Dr. Shields, especially if there’s a family history of foot deformities. 

Footwear choices

Encourage the use of proper footwear, avoiding styles that may exacerbate certain conditions. 

Physical activity guidance 

Work with our team of professionals to determine appropriate physical activities that promote foot health. 

In conclusion, having a foot deformity doesn’t guarantee that your children will inherit the same condition. The interplay of genetics and environmental factors is complex, and proactive measures can mitigate potential risks. 

If you’re ready to learn more, contact us at Total Foot and Ankle to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shields today!