Medical Issue

Tailor’s Bunion (Bunionette)

Tailor’s Bunion (Bunionette)

Tailor’s bunion (bunionette) is similar to the more common bunion, but a bunionette forms near the base of the little toe. The name Tailor's bunion refers to the way tailors used to sit, cross-legged with feet touching the ground, which was thought to cause the issue.

 Symptoms

A Tailor’s bunion is an angular, bony bump on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. Symptoms may include inflammation, pain and redness of the little toe.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for developing a Tailor's bunion include genetic predisposition, flat feet, aging, or a toe injury. Other possible risks include wearing high heels, the existence of arthritis of the toe joint, or excessive pronation (rolling of the foot).

Causes

Tailor’s bunions often occur when the ligaments that hold the bones of the foot together are more flexible than normal, allowing a toe bone to slowly move outward and the little toe to turn in toward the fourth toe.

Treatment

For most cases an effective treatment for Tailor's bunion is custom orthotics which reduce pressure on the toe, re-balance the foot, and reduce the problem of loose ligaments which are frequent causes of bunionettes.  Adjusting shoes to reduce pressure on the toe can also help reduce pain.  Corrective surgery to correct a Tailor's bunion is an option if other solutions are not effective.

The Concierge Podiatry Advantage

At Concierge Podiatry we offer Perfect Posture orthotics to reduce discomfort associated with Tailor's Bunion. Using laser therapy, we are able to decrease inflammation and pain. Outpatient surgery is an option for very large Tailor's Bunions. We take the time needed to diagnose and explain any options before beginning any course of treatment.

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