What is a Tailor’s Bunion?
A Tailor’s Bunion (also known as a bunionette) affects the fifth toe. It is a common foot condition affecting the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. Named after Tailors who would often sit cross-legged, putting pressure on the outside of their feet and leading to the development of this condition. Tailor’s bunions are not as usual as bunions.
Symptoms of Tailor’s Bunion
The symptoms of a Tailor’s bunion typically presents as a bony bump on the outside of the foot, just behind the little toe. The bump may be red, swollen, and painful to touch, especially when wearing tight shoes. Some people may also experience a burning sensation or numbness in the affected area.
Causes of Tailor’s Bunion
A Tailor’s bunion is caused by a deformity of the fifth metatarsal bone, which can be due to a variety of factors. Genetics can play a role, as can wearing tight shoes that put pressure on the outside of the foot. Certain foot types, such as those with a high arch or flat feet, may also be more prone to developing tailor’s bunions.
Having pain at the 5th toe and starting to compensate by taking more weight through our big toes and the medial structures of the foot. This can lead to stresses and strains at the medial ankle joint, the medial longitudinal arches and increased wear and tear of the big toe joints.
Treatment of Tailor’s Bunion
The goal of treatment for a Tailor’s bunion is to reduce pain and discomfort and prevent the condition from worsening. Here are some common treatment options:
- Change in footwear. Wearing shoes with a wide toe box and low heels can help to reduce pressure on the affected area and prevent further irritation.
- Padding. Cushioning the affected area with a gel pad or moleskin can help to reduce friction and pressure and provide additional comfort.
- Medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Orthotics. A custom-made orthotic device can help to provide additional support and cushioning to the foot and may help to correct any underlying foot abnormalities.
Are you suffering from this condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
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