"Hello again, Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA - today I’d like to talk to you about if you think you can get a bunion on the outside of your foot, by the little toe, or is the bunion only by the big toe?
You can get a bunion, which is called a bunionette or a tailor’s bunion, by the little toe on the outside of the foot, just as well as you can get one by the big toe. When you get a bunion on the big toe, the big toe starts to go that way, but you can also get a bunion, or bunionette or tailor’s bunion, by the little toe where the bone starts to go that way, just opposite of what happens on a big toe. When that happens, it can cause irritation wearing shoes, with swelling and pain, and as it progresses, it can develop into arthritis in the joint.
The way the bunionette got its name, or tailor’s bunion, was because tailors used to sit with their legs and feet crossed so they were putting all the pressure on the outside of that little toe and 5th metatarsal bone, and it got its nickname that way for tailor’s bunion.
Those bunions can create problems just like bunions on the big toe joint and sometimes can be treated conservatively with padding, shoe therapy, laser treatments, injections - but often times, because it develops and gets worse over time, if conservative care with the above mentioned treatments or orthotics do not help, then surgical intervention is typically the best way of dealing with it to realign the joint, help to straighten the toe, eliminate the pain, and prevent the further development of arthritis.
If you notice an enlargement on the outside of your foot, just behind the little toe, it very likely could be a tailor’s bunion. Come see your local podiatrist, or give us a call. We’d be happy to take care of you, diagnose the problem and offer you various methods of treatment to get you back on your feet as fast as possible. "