Tailor's bunion

What is Tailor's Bunion?

Tailor's Bunion, often called a 'bunionette' is a bone deformity occurring at the head of the 5th metatarsal (little toe). Like Hallux valgus (bunion), tailor's bunion can be the result of a birth defect or a biomechanical problem. Women are 9 to 10 times more likely to be affected.

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What Are the Causes?

Tailor's Bunions can be the result of a birth defect. The development of the condition is also associated with wearing the wrong footwear as well as certain pre-existing chronic diseases.

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How to Recognize
Tailor's Bunion?

The most distinctive sign of Tailor's Bunion is the appearance of a bony protrusion on the outer side of the foot. This growth can cause inflammation and thus cause swelling, pain and redness. Thickening of the skin can sometimes be noticed.

How Is it Diagnosed?

Clinical examination is usually sufficient to conclude with the diagnosis. X-rays may be needed to assess the severity of the deformity and choose the best-indicated procedure.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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When is it necessary to operate for Tailor's Bunion?

Wearing wider, more flexible shoes, as well as the use of foot orthotics can help relieve the discomfort.

If this happens, surgery, called an osteotomy, is necessary. It is recommended to consult a podiatrist as soon as symptoms appear in order to prevent the disease from worsening.

What is the
surgical treatment?

Surgical treatment consists of correcting the misalignment by severing and then realigning the metatarsal (osteotomy).

Walking is permitted immediately after surgery with postoperative shoes. Return to normal footwear is typically possible after two weeks.

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Key Takeaways

How to Recognize a Tailor's Bunion?

The physical examination allows for an easy diagnosis. The podiatrist may use x-rays to determine the extent of the deformity.

What Are the Symptoms?

Beyond the bony growth that appears at the base of the little toe, Tailor's Bunion is usually characterized by inflammation, redness, and pain. The bump can make it difficult to wear shoes and make certain activities uncomfortable.

What Are the Causes?

As with Hallux Valgus, Tailor's Bunions can be the result of a birth defect. Wearing shoes that are too narrow or high-heeled as well as certain pre-existing chronic conditions can also contribute to the development of the condition.

What Will Surgery Be Like?

Very similar to Hallux Valgus, the Tailor's Bunion, manifests as a lump on the opposite outer side of the foot, or at the base of the little toe. Surgical treatment consists of restoring the axis of the bone with a corrective osteotomy.

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