Bunions and bunionettes are very similar conditions. There’s really only one main difference between them: where they occur. A regular bunion is formed when your big toe is pushed toward your second digit, creating an enlarged, bony bump on the inside of your foot at the base of the toe. A bunionette can be thought of as the “mirror” condition: the pinky toe gets pushed into the fourth digit, resulting in a bump on the opposite side of the foot.
Both conditions form in the same way—structural deficiencies in the foot exacerbated by ill-fitting shoes, often with pointed toe boxes. Both carry similar symptoms of pain and stiffness, and they involve similar treatment methods, including shoe choice, padding, night splints, taping, and possibly surgery for extremely painful bumps.
Dr. Harvey Danciger treats bumps on your feet and any other podiatric ailments bothering you. Visit our Palm Desert, CA office, or call (760) 568-0108 to set an appointment.