A tailor’s bunion, also known as a bunionette, is a bony bump that forms on the outside of the foot, at the base of the little toe. It is caused by a misalignment of the bones in the foot, similar to a bunion but on the opposite side of the foot. Tailor’s bunions can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Genetics: Some people are more prone to developing tailor’s bunions due to inherited foot structures.
- Footwear: Wearing tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes can put pressure on the little toe joint and cause tailor’s bunions to form.
- Certain foot conditions like overpronation can also contribute to the development of tailor’s bunions.
Symptoms of tailor’s bunions include a bump on the side of the little toe, redness, pain, and tenderness around the little toe joint, and difficulty finding comfortable shoes that fit properly.
Treatment for tailor’s bunions usually starts with conservative measures such as rest, ice, and physical therapy. Stretching exercises, orthotics, and shoe inserts can also be helpful. In some cases, a night splint worn while sleeping can help to stretch the little toe and alleviate pain. In more severe cases, a corticosteroid injection or surgery may be required to correct the alignment of the bones. It’s important to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.