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Everything you need to know about a Tailor's Bunion

Tailor's Bunion, more known as a bunionette, is an actually swollen bump or a bony spur of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. This hard bump leads to pain, redness, swelling, and also get worse as the foot rubs up against a shoe throughout the day. If the Tailor's Bunion grows large enough, it starts to affect daily activities and makes walking or prolonged stay on legs difficult or impossible.

Symptoms and Causes

Tailor’s bunion is not as common as bunion that causes the big toe to move inward to the next toes but they are similar in symptoms and causes to them. The inherited faulty mechanical foot structure or walking increase the risk of a Tailor's bunion developing though genetics is not considered a factor in abnormal bone growth and development. The other causes include:

  • Unsuitable footwear such as tight fitting, high-heeled or pointed shoes that leads to constant rubbing and pressure;
  • Poor ankle strength or tight calf muscles;
  • Nervous conditions affecting the foot.

The common symptoms usually include:

  • Redness;
  • Swelling:
  • Pain in the enlargement area;
  • Soft tissues irritation underneath the skin;
  • Inflammation.


Visual examination is something that may be required to diagnose a Tailor's bunion, although in some cases X-rays is used to determine the deformity degree. X-rays results help define the necessary approach for the most effective bunion treatment.


The physicians will often recommend home treatment options to help alleviate symptoms:

  • Sensible shoes;
  • Bunionette pads;
  • Orthotic devices, insoles, toe separators, etc;
  • Oral medications that help relieve the pain and inflammation;
  • Ice packs applying;
  • As well as minimally invasive procedures like injection therapy.

When conservative agents don't provide any relief, a surgery is required to remove the protrusion and alignment of the bump. Like any other surgical procedure, it has risks and does not guarantee complete disposal of the problem, so it is important to discuss your expectations with the surgeon, though it is a relatively straightforward procedure. The patient is released home the same day after the surgery. Complete recovery after Tailor's bunion surgery varies according to the procedure performed.

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic is located in Des Plaines, IL, which is a 15-minute drive from downtown Chicago and only 5 minutes from Mt Prospect, Park Ridge, Niles, Arlington Heights, Norridge, Elk Grove Village, Prospect Heights, and Glenview.

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