Tailor's Bunion Treatment in Sugar Land
What is a Tailor's Bunion?
Tailor's bunion, also called a bunionette, is an enlargement of the
head of the fifth metatarsal bone near the base of the little toe. Tailor's
bunions are not as common as bunions, which occurs at the big toe, but
both are similar in symptoms and causes.
The symptoms of tailor's bunions include redness, swelling, and pain
at the site of the enlargement. These symptoms occur when wearing shoes
that rub against the enlargement, irritating the soft tissues underneath
the skin and producing inflammation.
Why do we call it "tailor's bunion"? The deformity received
its name centuries ago, when tailors sat cross-legged all day with the
outside edge of their feet rubbing on the ground. This constant rubbing
led to a painful bump at the base of the little toe.
Causes of a Tailor's Bunion
A tailor's bunion is caused by an inherited change of the mechanical
structure of the foot. The fifth metatarsal bone starts to protrude outward,
while the little toe moves inward. This shift creates a bump on the outside
of the foot that becomes irritated whenever a shoe presses against it.
- Shoe modifications. Choose wide shoes, and avoid those with pointed toes
or high heels.
- Oral medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such
as ibuprofen, may help relieve the pain and inflammation.
- Padding. Pads placed around the area may help reduce pain.
- Icing. An ice pack may be applied to reduce pain and inflammation.