A tailor’s bunion, often called a “bunionette,” is a bone deformity that occurs at the head of the fifth metatarsal (pinkie toe). Like hallux valgus (a normal bunion), a tailor’s bunion may be the result of a congenital deformity. The development of the condition is also associated with wearing inappropriate footwear and some pre-existing chronic illnesses. Women are nine to ten times more likely to develop bunionettes.
The most common sign of a tailor’s bunion is the appearance of a bony prominence on the outside of the foot. This outgrowth, which can be very uncomfortable when wearing shoes, can cause inflammation and result in swelling, pain, and redness. A thickening of the skin may also be observed. The condition can be diagnosed during a clinical exam, though x-rays may be needed to assess the severity of the deformity and choose the most appropriate procedure.
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TREATING TAILOR’S BUNION
Wearing roomier shoes and using prescribed orthotics can help alleviate discomfort. Surgical treatment consists of correcting the misalignment by cutting and realigning the metatarsal (osteotomy). Walking is permitted immediately after surgery with special postoperative footwear. Patients can usually go back to wearing normal shoes after two weeks.