Tailor’s Bunion

San Francisco Podiatrist – Tailor’s Bunion

Tailor’s bunion is a small, bony growth that forms on the fifth metatarsal bone on the outside edge of the foot, typically found where the bone meets the toe. This type of enlargement is not as common as the bunions found on the inside edge along the first metatarsal. Signs of Tailor’s bunion formation are pain, redness and swelling at the bone-joint connection. They usually occur because of uncomfortable and prolonged rubbing on the outside edge of the foot or abnormal bone structure. Either of these imbalances cause inflammation and eventually the enlargement of the metatarsal head. The joint begins to press outward, the small toe inward and consequently is further irritated by rubbing against the shoe. Tailor’s bunions may be hereditary and/or associated with tight footwear and unnatural pressures on the foot.

Treatment begins with shoe adaptations. A San Francisco Podiatrist will likely recommend shoes with low heels, a wide toe box and appropriate cushioning. Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, ice and padding can be used to relieve pain and pressure. Surgical intervention is implemented when pain is chronic and unresponsive to conservative treatments. A surgeon will remove the bunion and realign the joint if necessary. This is usually a very effective procedure.