A Tailors bunion is also referred to as a bunionette. It is a small bunion that develops at the base of the little toe. It will occur when the bone that is connected to the toe bends away from the foot; this will cause the little toe to bend inward and the joint will then swell. These particular types of bunions are not as common as regular bunions which occur on the inside of the foot, near the big toe. However, these bunions are similar in many other ways. The name, Tailors bunion, comes from centuries ago when tailors would sit cross-legged all day with the outsides of their feet rubbing on the ground. This constant rubbing would cause a painful bump to develop at the base of their little toe. As with regular bunions, a Tailors bunion can be caused by a poor mechanical foot structure that is inherited. A Tailors bunion can sometimes actually be an outgrowth of the bone on the side of the foot. These bunions can be made worse by wearing shoes that are too narrow and subsequently cause constant rubbing and pressure on the little toe. When you come to our podiatry clinic in Tustin CA for treatment of your Tailors bunion, nonsurgical treatments will be tried first. Nonsurgical treatments for Tailors bunions can include shoe modifications, padding, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines, ice packs, injection of corticosteroids, or orthotic devices. If these treatments are not effective, surgery may be considered.
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