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Does Family History Influence Your Feet?

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
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I have recently started working more on my family history.  I am finding amazing information about my family, and especially who my ancestors are.  As I have looked into these individuals, I am impressed with any information I can get about them.  How does their life, their traits or their history influence my life?  The amazing thing is traits are passed to me and now to my children.  These traits absolutely influence who I am.

One trait that is often underestimated, however, is your feet.  Did you know that you inherit your feet, how you walk and any problems that come with it?  Now remember that foot pain is not inherited, but develops from the traits you did inherit.   Your bunion, your high arch, where you form calluses and how you walk are all inherited from your family history.  In fact, you are passing the same traits to your children. 

As you read that last paragraph, you thought of your mother’s feet (or father’s feet) and know your feet aren’t half as bad as theirs.  But what if you are developing that exact same foot pattern?  Did you know that careful evaluation and treatment can slow the progression of problems and ultimately prevent many of the problems your parent has, or even problems you have if treated in your children.   This also means, however, that treatments are available for your living ancestors.  Help them get evaluated and treated by someone that will help them understand why the problems are occurring and what can be done for their feet.  Treatments are always available and often are relatively simple.

“Who did you get your feet from?”  

“Who’d you give your feet to?”

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