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I was born with hallux valgus (bunions) on both of my feet. My identical twin sister does not have this deformity. How can this happen?

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In brief: Strange

Yes, bunions can have a genetic component, especially juvenile bunions; however there are many outside factors that can cause bunions.
Does your sister wear a different style shoe, or have a different gait pattern? If you were truly born with them and had bunion deformity as a small child, i agree it is strange that your sister did not as well. Maybe one gene mutated? Genetics is not my field.

In brief: Strange

Yes, bunions can have a genetic component, especially juvenile bunions; however there are many outside factors that can cause bunions.
Does your sister wear a different style shoe, or have a different gait pattern? If you were truly born with them and had bunion deformity as a small child, i agree it is strange that your sister did not as well. Maybe one gene mutated? Genetics is not my field.
Dr. Jeffery VanYperen
Dr. Jeffery VanYperen
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Genetic trait, but

Not all the children will inherit the trait.
I must admit that if you are identical twins this is rather unusual.

In brief: Genetic trait, but

Not all the children will inherit the trait.
I must admit that if you are identical twins this is rather unusual.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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