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What exactly is a Tailor’s Bunion?

What exactly is a Tailor’s Bunion?

Tailor’s Bunion (Bunionette), a bump located at the base of your little toe, is a projection of the fifth metatarsal bone. Your foot is made up of five long, thin metatarsals that connect to your toes. Tailor’s bunion is likely to develop at the joint connecting your little toe to the fifth metatarsal. Tailor’s bunions occur less likely than other forms of bunions which occur on your inner feet.

About Tailor’s Bunion

Hundreds of years ago, tailors used to sit cross-legged on the ground as they worked with garments. This cross-legged posture put a lot of stress on the outer edge of their feet, leading to inflammation and swelling at the base of the little toe. With a majority of tailors having these painful bunions, the term Tailor’s bunion was coined, and it exists to date.

Currently, Tailor’s Bunions are commonly caused by choice of conventional footwear. Fashionable shoes of this day and age leave little to no room for the toe box. This forces the fifth toe to bend inwards towards the fourth toe which consequently leads to the projection of the metatarsal joint.

Quite the contrary, the bump formed by the Tailor’s bunion is as a result of a misalignment of the fifth metatarsophalangeal joint (at the base of your little toe), and not a mass of soft tissue.

What causes Tailor’s Bunion?

An inappropriate choice of footwear is the primary contributor to this condition. Pointy-toed shoes with tapered toe boxes may look highly fashionable. On the contrary, the pointy-toed shoes place a lot of strain on your fifth toe, pushing it against the fourth toe and holding it in an uncomfortable and deformed position.

Another cause could be a form of hereditary bone misalignment in the foot. These misalignments lead to altered mechanical workings of the foot. The metatarsophalangeal joint begins to protrude outwards while the little toe shifts inwards. The bump formed at the point of the protrusion may get irritated as it rubs against the material of your shoe.

Tailor’s bunion can sometimes be confused with bone spurs occurring along the fifth metatarsal bone towards the toe head.

Symptoms of Tailor’s Bunion

Symptoms are consistent with those concerning regular bunions. These include:

  • Tenderness at the protrusion
  • Redness (inflammation).
  • Bulging (swelling) at and around the protrusion.

Treatment Options for Tailor’s Bunion

The goal is to restore proper alignment of your little toe. Either of the following methods can achieve this:

  1. Wearing properly fitted shoes with roomy toe boxes. Avoid wearing shoes with heels as much as possible.
  2. Laying an ice pack over the inflamed area to reduce the pain and swelling.
  3. Incorporating the use of bunionette pads to offer relief from pain
  4. Using a toe-spacer will help. This product will assist in realigning your little toe in place along your fifth metatarsal. Frequent use of this product can lead to a reduction of your Tailor’s Bunion. Wear appropriate footwear, with a wide toe box to provide a comfortable fit for your spread-out toes.
  5. Injecting corticosteroids into the affected area can bring down the swelling and inflammation.

If your Arizona podiatrist concludes that all forms of nonsurgical treatment are ineffective, surgery may be the only option. Your age, x-ray scans, and activity levels are taken into consideration before selecting the best procedure during surgery. Depending on the surgery procedure performed, the recovery period may vary.

It is advisable to go through all nonsurgical treatment options with your podiatrist in Phoenix before resorting to surgery. Oasis Foot and Ankle offers comprehensive treatment options for Tailor’s bunions, with most insurance being accepted.

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