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Increased hallux angle in children and its association with insufficient length of footwear: A community based cross-sectional study

Christian Klein, Elisabeth Groll-Knapp, Michael Kundi and Wieland Kinz*

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:159  doi:10.1186/1471-2474-10-159

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The heredity of the hallux valgus

Carlos Piqu��-Vidal   (2010-07-06 10:43)  Centro Médico Teknon email

I want to congratulate the authors for this interesting study.

I agree with the authors in the fact that, besides the hereditary factors, the exogenous factors as the footwear play an important role in the appearance and the evolution of the hallux valgus.

I think that it would have been interesting that they had stated the hereditary factor of the hallux valgus, they might have asked the parents for this information when they asked for the parental consent.

I want to index a recent article on the heredity of the hallux valgus (1). In this article the authors demonstrate that the hallux valgus has an inheritance autosomal dominant with uncomplete penetrance of 56 %.

The article explains that the affected women of hallux valgus have the mother affected in 59,1 % of the cases, whereas the men have the mother affected in 51,8 %. In this article there is studied, besides the inheritance of the hallux appeared in the adult, the inheritance of the juvenile hallux.

In the juvenile hallux valgus 73,3 % is in the feminine sex, whereas in the adult population it is in the feminine sex in 93,7 % of the cases.

1.- Piqué-Vidal C, Solé MT, Antich J. Hallux valgus inheritance: pedigree research in 350 patients with bunion deformity. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2007 May-Jun;46(3):149-54.

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