A Tailor’s bunion (bunionette) is a bony lump at the base of the little toe on the outside of the foot. The name originates from the traditional seating posture of a tailor when working.
What causes it?
- Often no cause is found; however, wearing tight shoes can make the problem worse
- People with wider feet or an unusually bent (bowed) little toe are also more likely to have the problem
What are the symptoms?
There is pain around the bump on the outside of the foot, especially when wearing shoes. The skin can become inflamed, swollen and painful.
Can it become worse?
People often put up with the symptoms for many years before seeking medical advice and the bump becomes gradually more uncomfortable.
How is it diagnosed?
A medical examination and discussion of your symptoms is usually backed up by X-rays to diagnose the problem.
How is it treated?
Non-operative treatment: this aims to reduce the symptoms by relieving pressure on the bunion, normally by wearing wider, more comfortable shoes or custom insoles.
Surgery: Tailor’s bunion surgery is the only way to physically change the shape of your foot. It removes the bump and will narrow the profile of your foot, allowing you to return to an active lifestyle and being able to wear the type of shoes you want to.
Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.