How Genetics Play a Role in Foot Conditions


Foot conditions can be caused by numerous factors, and this includes genetics. Inherited genetic traits play a significant role in our foot structure and function, leading to certain foot conditions that may run in families. In this blog post, Syracuse Podiatry delves deeper into the topic to help patients understand the genetic factors behind the following conditions.

Flat Feet:

  • Flat feet are a common condition characterized by a lack of an arch in the foot and can be hereditary.
  • Symptoms include foot pain, fatigue, and difficulty with balance.


  • Hammertoes are deformities of the toes characterized by abnormal bending or curling of the toe joints.
  • This condition can be hereditary, with certain inherited foot structures and biomechanics contributing to it.
  • Symptoms include pain, corns, or calluses on the affected toe.


  • Bunions are bony protrusions that form at the base of the big toe, causing it to deviate inward toward the other toes.
  • Certain foot shapes and structures inherited from family members can predispose individuals to bunions.
  • Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty wearing shoes.

Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.
  • While factors such as overuse, improper footwear, and tight calf muscles can contribute to plantar fasciitis, genetics may also play a role in predisposing individuals to this condition.
  • People with a family history of foot problems or certain foot structures may be more susceptible to developing it.

Tarsal Coalition:

  • Tarsal coalition is a congenital condition characterized by abnormal fusion of two or more bones in the foot’s hindfoot area.
  • This condition is typically present at birth and may not cause symptoms until adolescence or early adulthood.
  • Genetic factors can predispose individuals to abnormal bone formation.
  • Symptoms may include foot pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion.

While genetic factors may predispose individuals to these conditions, there are effective treatment options available to manage symptoms and improve foot function. If you’re looking for treatment and relief from any of the above conditions, that’s what Syracuse Podiatry is here for! Contact us today so Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin can help you prioritize your foot health and wellness!

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