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New Berlin Podiatrists Explain What a Bunion Is

by Dr. Christopher Milkie

Before discussing what a bunion is, we must clarify what a bunion is not. A bunion is not a simple overgrowth of the bone at the base of the big or pinky toe. A bunion is caused by an underlying problem with the structure of the foot. The progressive disorder begins when the big toe, due to an inherited structural abnormality, begins to lean into the other toes.

This leaning of the toe misaligns the bones of the big toe, causing the bony growth of the bunion to form. As the big toe pushes farther and farther into the second toe, the bunion grows. This causes discomfort and, as the condition progresses, pain.

As experienced Milwaukee foot and ankle surgeons, we too often see patients who have had unsuccessful bunion surgery due to improper surgical technique. It is crucial that the surgeon address the underlying structural abnormalities, not just the bunion itself.

Causes of Bunions

The cause of bunions is a hotly debated topic. It is the feeling of our experienced New Berlin bunion surgeons, Dr. Milkie and Dr. Waldman that the condition is almost always caused by a genetic defect in the bones of the foot. However, there are some factors that can cause the condition to worsen. The most common causes of the accelerated progression of bunions include:

Treatment Options for Bunions

Proper treatment of the bunion must address not only the bony growth but the entire foot. Sometimes, underlying issues such as flat feet can accelerate bunion growth. To slow the growth and address the pain of the bunion, all causes of the bunion’s formation must be addressed. The treatment options our New Berlin podiatrists most often recommend include:

Cortisone injections


Do Not Suffer with Bunions Any Longer

You absolutely do not have to suffer from bunion pain. The condition is treatable, and our success rate far exceeds industry standards. Call 414.257.0676 today to begin your journey to a life free of bunion pain.

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, New Berlin and Mequon, Wisconsin (WI) treat all medical and surgical foot and ankle conditions. Licensed Podiatrists, Dr. Steven Waldman, Dr. Christopher Milkie and Dr. Lucy Meier can help bring you foot and ankle pain relief.
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