A Tailor’s bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the pinky toe. At the same time that the bony bump grows outward, the pinky toe points inward toward the other toes. It is also called a bunionette. Tailor’s bunions are similar to, but less common than bunions, which form at the base of the big toe.
Tailor’s bunions got their name centuries ago: it was a common deformity among tailors as a result of the way they sat while working. The protruding bone is a deformity that is usually hereditary. In some cases the bunionette is caused by other foot problems in the mechanical structure of the foot. Wearing the wrong type of shoes in this case does not cause tailor’s bunions but it can make the pain and inflammation associated with the condition worse. If you think you might have this condition, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Royal Palm Beach podiatrists and podiatrists at our other locations will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for tailor’s bunions with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or request an appointment online.
What is a Tailor's Bunion?
Tailor’s bunion is a bone deformity at the base of the pinky toe. As the bone protrudes outward, it causes the pinky toe to grow inward toward the other toes. Tailor’s bunion, or a bunionette, is usually not the only foot problem that occurs. The deformity can cause other symptoms and usually there is a structural problem with the mechanics of the foot that causes the bunionette to appear in the first place. Wearing shoes that are too small or crowd the toes are not advised because the constant rubbing and pressure can make a tailor’s bunion worse and definitely will exacerbate the symptoms.
Symptoms of a Tailor's Bunion
Unlike some other foot conditions, a tailor’s bunion can be easily identified by the bony bump on the outer base of the pinky toe. The deformity also causes the pinky toe to grow inward toward the other toes. Patients with this foot condition complain of pain in the area of the bunionette; it can also be swollen and red. The pain gets worse when you are on your feet for long periods of time and especially if you are wearing tight foot wear that crowds the toes or high-heeled shoes. This condition might cause additional foot problems, such as calluses, from the constant rubbing of the shoe against the enlarged area. The pinky toe can also start rubbing against the fourth toe, causing a callus and more discomfort there as well.
Treatments for a Tailor's Bunion
Tailor’s bunions are progressive in nature, meaning they will continue to get worse without treatment. Our podiatrists are very familiar with treating this condition. The course of treatment starts out conservatively with non-invasive measures to restore your foot comfort including rest, elevation, and icing. The next stage of treatment is evaluating your feet and prescribing custom orthotics, padding, and comfortable shoes with plenty of room and support. If the condition still warrants additional treatment, then anti-inflammatory medication or injections might be prescribed. If symptoms continue or return after the initial phases of treatment, then surgery might be recommended.
Diagnosing a Tailor's Bunion
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment of a tailor’s bunion? There is no need to worry about visiting a podiatrist. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing a tailor’s bunion is usually quite simple, because it is usually clearly visible on the foot. The doctor will also take a look at your family and medical history. Your feet can be tested for strength and coordination to help determine the best treatment plan. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to see the severity of the deformity. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of problems that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving your overall health and especially your feet.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
Do not delay in making an appointment; relief for your foot pain is just a few steps away. If these symptoms sound familiar, contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for tailor’s bunions. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Royal Palm Beach or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.