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What is a Tailor’s Bunion?

A tailor's bunion, also known as a bunionette, is a bony protrusion on the outside of the foot near the base of the little toe. This condition occurs due to the misalignment of the fifth metatarsal bone, often caused by inherited structural abnormalities, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, or repetitive stress on the foot. Unlike the more well-known bunion, which affects the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe, a tailor's bunion affects the outer side of the foot. Both conditions can cause pain, swelling, and redness, but a tailor's bunion specifically impacts the small toe area. To manage a tailor's bunion, wear properly fitting shoes with a wide toe box, use padding to reduce pressure, and consider orthotic inserts for better foot alignment. Non-surgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the deformity. Proper diagnosis is essential, as tailor's bunions can be confused with other issues like hammertoes or arthritis. For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Ultimate Foot Care . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Smithtown, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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