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Bunionette Deformity (Tailor's Bunion)

Tailor’s bunions, sometimes called ‘bunionettes,’ are a variation on more common bunions, which appear on the inside of the foot, under the big toe. Tailor’s bunions instead develop on the outside of the foot, under your smallest toe. Like bunions, tailor’s bunions rub against your shoes and can create redness and swelling.

Causes and Treatment of Tailor’s Bunions

Like bunions, tailor’s bunions can be caused by hereditary mechanical issues in the foot, and can be exacerbated by wearing narrow, unsupportive, and high­heeled footwear.

Treatment for tailor’s bunions is also similar to treatment of more traditional bunions, thoughtreatment varies depending on the severity of the condition and its cause (Tailor’s bunions can also be caused by bone spurs). Nonsurgical treatments are the most commonly tried first, including injections, orthotics, changing your footwear, and padding. Surgery is an option if these more conservative treatments do not help alleviate your pain.

Your podiatrist is happy to discuss available treatments with you, and a clinical diagnosis is an important first step toward pain­ free feet. Contact our office for an appointment today if you believe you have developed a tailor’s bunion.


Bunionette Deformity


Bunionette Deformity Correction

This surgical procedure is performed to correct a bunionette, a bony bump on the outer side of the foot at the base of the fifth toe. During this procedure, the surgeon realigns the head of the metatarsal and removes excess bone to eliminate the prominence and give the foot a more natural shape.


Bunionette Deformity Correction (Distal Fifth Metatarsal Osteotomy)

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