What is Tailor’s Bunion?

Tailor’s bunion is also called a bunionette. It is a red, swollen, painful bump that occurs at the little toe’s base. Tailor’s bunion is so called because tailors who used to sit cross-legged on the ground for long periods in the days of yore commonly used to develop this condition.

Causes of Tailor’s Bunion

It is often inherited if the foot has a faulty structure. Sometimes, a bony outgrowth occurs on the little toe’s side. Tailor’s bunion is often worsened by wearing narrow shoes that produce constant pressure and rubbing. Women are more commonly afflicted especially if they regularly wear shoes with pointed toes or high heels, as these footwear negatively impact foot function.

Symptoms of Tailor’s Bunion
Pain at the enlarged spot

Diagnosis of Tailor’s Bunion
It can be easily diagnosed as the bump is very apparent. The surgeon may order x-rays to determine the extent and cause of the condition.

Treatment for Tailor’s Bunion
You should wear shoes that offer plenty of space for the toes, and avoid high heels and shoes that have pointed toes.
You can place bunionette pads over the impacted spot to reduce pain.
Painkillers and NSAIDs like ibuprofen can be taken to relieve inflammation and pain.
Apply ice on the affected spot to reduce inflammation and pain. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and do not place it directly on the skin.
Corticosteroid injections may be prescribed to reduce inflammation at the joint.
Custom made orthotic devices may be prescribed by your foot surgeon.

Surgery for Tailor’s Bunion
If the above treatments prove ineffective, surgery may be the last option. Your surgeon will consider factors like the extent of deformity, your age, activity level and related data. More than one procedure may be required. The period of recovery will depend on the surgery.

Resources: http://www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/tailors-bunion.htm


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