Are Bunions Hereditary?
If you’re a keen observer of the world around you, you may have noticed a curious tendency among people’s feet:
Bunions really do seem to run in families, don’t they? If you know someone who has one, chances seem pretty good that their child or parent (or both!) also has one.
But is that really true? Or is your brain playing tricks on you? And if so, why?
We can imagine those of you who have a parent with bunions—but don’t have them yourself, at least not yet—are especially interested to know.
So What’s the Answer?
Let’s cut to the chase right away: by and large, yes, bunions do seem to have a hereditary component.
Or in other words, your eyes and brain aren’t deceiving you. If one member of a family has a bunion on one or both feet, their offspring are more likely than average to develop their own at some point.
However, it’s important to remember that we’re talking about averages and probabilities here. So if you’re starting to freak out—or suddenly feeling more secure—remember that:
- Just because your mom or dad has a bunion doesn’t necessarily mean you will get one.
- Just because your parents have perfectly aligned feet doesn’t necessarily mean you will never get a bunion yourself.
- Even if you did inherit a foot shape that is more likely to develop a bunion, you still may be able to prevent it from forming.
Confused? Let’s dig in a bit deeper.