The Down Low on Jackson-Weiss Syndrome

When it comes to the feet, many people realize that they play a key role in our everyday lives. This is because our feet get us from place to place, allow us to take part in extracurricular activities, and keep up balanced. Our feet bear the brunt of our weight and are constantly under pressure and shock. Our feet are an amazing part of our body. Unfortunately, as we grow and develop, our feet sometimes suffer. Genetic disorders can cause disfigurement of the feet and cause problems for those who suffer from such disfigurements. One such genetic disorder that does this is known as Jackson-Weiss Syndrome.

Jackson-Weiss syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that often causes the feet to suffer from abnormalities. It was documented in 1976 within a mostly Amish community. Research has been done since and we now know more about the genetic disorder.

The feet can be affected in different ways by this disorder. Some of the most common abnormalities are webbed toes, forefoot varus, and misshapen or formed ankle, joint, and leg bones. This disorder can cause bowed legs and knock-knees as well.

The genes are usually inherited from the parents of the individual who suffers from the condition. It is considered a dominant disorder which means only a single copy of the mutated gene needs to be passed on to a child in order for them to suffer from the disorder.  Usually, the disorder is caught at birth or in the early stages of a child’s infancy.


Treatment of Jackson-Weiss disorder varies. Commonly it is treated with supportive care. Physical therapy and the use of orthotics are common. Some children are recommended to use early intervention to help correct some of the minor problems that accompany the disorder such as the gait. There is no cure for Jackson-Weiss disorder because of its nature. Although it is not curable, it is a disease that can be lived with on a day to day basis without too many limitations. Individuals who suffer from this disorder often lead healthy and relatively normal lifestyles.

If your child seems to suffer from a foot abnormality, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist can examine the abnormality and determine its cause. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and his staff can help you and your child get the best quality treatment for Jackson-Weiss Syndrome. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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