What are Tailor’s bunions?
A Tailor’s bunion (also commonly called a bunionette) refers to a prominent bone on the outside of the foot by the little toe. This bone is called the fifth metatarsal. A Tailor’s bunion can be asymptomatic. However, sometimes larger tailor’s bunions can be painful in shoe gear and with activity. There may also be an associated callus that forms from pressure which may cause pain.
What causes Tailor’s bunions?
- Foot structure (flat footed, placing more pressure on the outside of the foot)
- Wearing too narrow shoes/high heels
- Tight calf musculature
What are treatment options for Tailor’s bunions?
Conservative treatment includes:
- Change in shoes (wearing more supportive, wider shoes)
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications)
- Orthotics with modifications to offload the area of pain as well as put the foot in better alignment
- Injection therapy is an option to calm down inflammation
If conservative treatment fails, surgical intervention is an option. During surgery the bone is cut and realigned in better position to reduce the bony prominence. There are few different surgical techniques to correcting a Tailor’s bunion. This is typically dependent on xrays, foot structure, and activity levels.
In The Colony. Little Elm, Plano, and Frisco, we treat patients with Tailor’s bunions with an individualized and compassionate care plan. Click here to schedule an appointment with one of the podiatrists at Frisco Star Foot & Ankle Specialists!