A Tailor's Bunion: Causes and Treatments
A tailor’s bunion, also known as a bunionette, is an enlargement of the fifth metatarsal bone located at the base of the little toe. The tailor’s bunion got its name centuries ago when tailors sat cross-legged all day. The outside edge of their feet would rub against the ground, which led to a painful bump at the base of the little toe.
Tailor’s bunions are often caused by faulty mechanical structure in the foot, which is inherited. Sometimes a tailor’s bunion is actually a bony spur on the side of the metatarsal head, which is also usually inherited.
Bunions are aggravated by wearing shoes that do not fit appropriately, especially shoes that are too narrow in the toe, which causes constant pressure and rubbing. Wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe box can make the deformity get progressively worse.
Conservative treatment options for a Tailor’s bunion include:
- Padding. Bunionette pads may reduce pain if placed over the area.
- Icing. Applying ice packs can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Oral medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation as well.
- Shoe modifications. Choosing the right shoes is extremely important. Avoid shoes with pointed toes and high heels.
- Injections therapy. Corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to treat the inflamed tissue around the joint.
If the conservative treatment options do not work for you, surgery may be an option. Surgery is typically highly successful in the treatment of Tailor’s bunions.
If you are suffering from a Tailor’s bunion and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number at 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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