Washington: A research has indicated that foot disorders might be passed down from one generation to the next.Foot disorders are common among adults and can often cause mobility limitations. One foot disorder, hallux valgus, occurs when a person’s big toe (called the ‘hallux’) angles toward his or her pinky toe (a condition called ‘valgus’). Another disorder, pes cavus (more commonly called high arched feet), is where the bottom of the foot is overly-arched and hollowed – even when bearing weight.Researchers recently looked at the link between hallux valgus, pes cavus and heredity as a part of the the Framingham Foot Study to evaluate whether these common foot conditions are inherited.
Hannan goes on to say, “the high heritability that we found is of great interest, especially for the younger ages [under 60 years], because effective interventions are available and, as with most public health interventions, are most effective in the early stages.”The research has been presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta.ANI
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