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:
- Tight or overly constrictive shoes
- Extended periods of time spent on your feet
- Activities that put excess strain on the feet, such as ballet dancing
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:
- Resting the affected foot or feet
- Wearing wider shoes, particularly those that are wider in the toe box
- Using anti-inflammatory medicines, such as Motrin or Advil
- Applying a cold pack to the affected area
- Toe and foot stretching exercises
- Orthotic devices, such as a bunion splint
- Custom made insoles
- Surgical treatment of the bunion and underlying structural issues
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.