Tailor’s Bunion

A tailor’s bunion, also known as a bunionette, is a bony bump that forms on the side of the foot by the little toe. Similar to a traditional bunion, a tailor’s bunion is also painful and worsens when rubbing against a shoe. Tailor’s bunions are less common than bunions that grow below the big toe.


A tailor’s bunion is usually caused by ill-fitting footwear, particularly narrow high heels. Tailor’s bunions are also more common in those with inherited structural foot problems or if the little toe is in an abnormal position.


Tailor’s bunions form gradually at the base of the little toe. The toe turns inward and constant pressure on the foot causes a red, swollen bump on the outside of the toe. Tailor’s bunions are painful and can occur in one or both feet.


Tailor’s bunions are usually simple to diagnose by looking at the foot. Physicians may recommend x-rays to identify structural problems with the foot and toe.


Simple modifications are usually effective in treating tailor’s bunions. Avoiding restrictive shoes that put pressure on the toes and wearing silicon bunion pads over the affected toe will relieve symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications and ice may be used to reduce pain. If home treatments are unsuccessful, surgery could be required to remove the bunion and realign the toe.

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