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What Is a Tailor’s Bunion?

A tailor’s bunion is a deformity of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of your pinky toe. These aren’t as common as regular bunions, but they can cause similar symptoms.

Tailor’s bunion, commonly referred to as a bunionette, is a prominence of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. The metatarsals are the five long bones of the foot. The distinguished characteristic that separates a tailor’s bunions from an “everyday bunion”, is the metatarsal “head”, located at the far end of the bone where it connects with the toe.

Tailor’s bunions are not as common as bunions, which occur on the inside of the foot, but they are similar in symptoms and causes.

Tailor’s Bunion Before

Tailor’s Bunion

Tailor’s Bunion After

Tailor’s Bunion

Tailor’s Bunion Causes

Often a tailor’s bunion is caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. In these cases, changes occur in the foot’s bony framework, resulting in the development of an enlargement.

The fifth metatarsal bone starts to protrude outward, while the little toe moves inward. This shift creates a bump on the outside of the foot that becomes irritated whenever a shoe presses against it.

Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of a tailor’s bunion are usually aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe, producing constant rubbing and pressure.

Tailor’s Bunion Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain

These symptoms occur when wearing shoes that rub against the enlargement, irritating the soft tissues underneath the skin and producing inflammation.

Non-surgical options for treating a tailor’s bunion, including injections, are usually tried first. But if pain persists, surgery is the most effective treatment.

To find out which treatment is right for you – schedule an appointment in our Park Avenue office in New York! And if you aren’t sure what treatment or procedure is right for you – don’t worry. Just select ‘General Consultation’ and you can discuss it privately in person with Dr. Levine during your appointment.

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