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Tailor’s Bunions

Tailor’s Bunions

 

A Tailor’s bunion, also known as a bunionette, is a bump at the base of the little toe. Tailor’s bunions are not as common as bunions, which occur on the inside of the foot, but they are similar in symptoms and causes. The deformity got its name centuries ago, when tailors sat cross-legged all day working with the outside edge of their feet rubbing on the ground, leading to a painful bump at the base of the little toe. The symptoms of tailor’s bunions include redness, swelling, and pain at the site of the bump, which occur when wearing shoes that rub against the enlargement, irritating the soft tissues underneath the skin and producing inflammation. Treatments are similar to bunions, starting with conservative treatment options of shoe changes, orthotics, medication, and if these are unsuccessful surgical correction of the deformity is indicated.