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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 12, 2020
Category: Bunion
Tags: bunionette   toe condition  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find many patients are not familiar with tailor’s bunions, also called bunionettes. This type of bunion develops at the base of the little toe at the end of the fifth metatarsal head. It gets its name from what was once an occupational hazard for tailors. Long ago, tailors would sit cross-legged all day while doing their work. The constant rubbing of the outside of the little toe on the ground would result in a painful bump forming at the base of the toe. Although less common than traditional bunions, which manifest on the outside of the big toe, tailor’s bunions have similar symptoms, including pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the protrusion.

Getting Relief from Pain

Similar to regular bunions, tailor’s bunions cause considerable pain when they rub up against your shoes. While faulty foot structure may be the root cause of a tailor’s bunion, your shoes can play a big role in the progression of this condition. Choosing styles with a roomy, wide toe box, and avoiding high heels with pointy toe area is highly recommended. You may also want to use padding to help protect and cushion the bunionette. Over time, the constant friction from footwear may lead to secondary problems like corns.

If you believe you have a tailor’s bunion forming, it’s important you make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 and have it evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. The foot doctor may also suggest other treatment options, such as:

  • Icing
  • Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom orthotics

If none of these treatments are successful in relieving the discomfort of a tailor’s bunion, the podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct the deformity. As with all progressive conditions, it’s best to examine your feet regularly and report significant changes to your foot doctor promptly.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 03, 2020
Category: Bunion

Your mother had bunions, your grandmother had bunions, and now you detect one developing. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we often find that our Middlesex County patients believe there is not much that can be done and accept bunions and don’t seek treatment. This is far from true, however, and one major area where simple changes can make a big difference is in your footwear. 

A Common Cause

While bunions themselves are not hereditary, biomechanical defects in the structure of the foot can be passed from generation to generation. The leading cause of bunion formation, however, is wearing improper footwear. Shoes that have narrow, pointy toes and are too tight encourage the big toe to move out of place and start to drift toward the second toe. The same goes for high-heeled styles that force the foot forward, exerting extra pressure on the toes. Although both men and women can get bunions, women get those far more often, and shoe choice has a lot to do with it. Other causes of bunions include:

  • Injuries
  • Flat feet or pronated feet
  • Neuromuscular problems

Choose Better Shoes

If you already have a bunion, you probably are experiencing the discomfort that comes from the friction and rubbing of the enlargement at the base of your toe against your shoes. Walking can become quite painful and challenging as the bunion grows, and the skin becomes increasingly tender. Over time, corns and calluses may form, and arthritis or bursitis may also set in. You can help alleviate pain and slow the progression of a bunion by choosing shoes that have a low heel and a roomy, wide toe box. Soft, flexible material will also increase comfort.

Regardless of the size of your bunion, it’s important to contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will evaluate your bunion and recommend other treatment options as well to help re-align your toe properly and reduce discomfort caused by bunions.




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