Just like the big toe can develop a painful bump on the side of the toe, the little toe can too!
A tailor’s bunion, or bunionette, is an enlargement of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. They are not as common as bunions, but both are similar in symptoms and causes; they can be red, swollen, and painful at the site of enlargement, and can become painful when wearing shoes that rub against it. They are caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. The bony deformity received its name years ago when tailor sat cross-legged all day with the outside edge of their feet rubbing on the ground.
Simlar to bunions, bunionettes are progressive - they won’t just go away. Sometimes oral anti-inflammatories, icing, and/or a steroid injection may help. Wearing wider shoes may help to reduce rubbing and irritation. In some cases, surgery is needed if other non-surgical options are not relieving the ache. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza to determine the best course of action for you to reduce your tailor’s bunion pain!