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English: Photo of Podiatrist performing bunion surgery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You don’t need to be a tailor to have a tailor’s bunion!
The term “tailor’s bunion” does indeed get its name from the tailoring profession. However, it actually has little to do with making or repairing clothing.
A tailor’s bunion is so nick-named because it resembles the large calluses that tailor’s would have on the outside of their feet from sitting cross-legged while they worked. Still, a tailor’s bunion is not a callus, and is caused instead by poor foot structure and genetics.
Much like a regular bunion, a tailor’s bunion, or bunionette, is a protrusion of the fifth metatarsal bone. In other words, the long bone in your foot that connects to your “pinky toe.” As the head of this bone moves outwards, the little toe moves inward, pushing into the other toes. Narrow fitting shoes affect the foot by moving the toe inward, and will irritate the skin around the protruding bone. This often causes redness, swelling, and pain on the outside of the foot.
Most bunionettes can be fixed with orthoticsor pads to protect the painful area.  Choosing wider-toed shoes may also help ease the discomfort of this condition.  However, in severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove the tailor’s bunion, and to correct the metatarsal misalignment in order to prevent further complications and pain.
If you are experiencing pain that is related to a tailor’s bunion, or have questions about podiatry, contact Dr. Andrew Marso, DPM. The doctor and his friendly staff at Wisconsin Foot Center can be contacted by phone at (414) 425-8400 or online here.
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