Article by Dr. Misako McLeod, DPM
Many people are unaware that one can have not only Bunions, but there are also Tailor Bunions, which are small “bunionette” deformities near the little toe. These Tailor’s bunion cause a widening of the foot and often rub in shoes causing pain and discomfort.
Tailor’s bunions can become inflamed and worsen over time. Treatment consists of non-surgical care such as physical therapy, injections, anti-inflammatories, wider shoes, and orthotics. If conservative therapy fails, surgery may be performed to help alleviate pain, remove the bump, and narrow the contour of the foot to better fit in shoes and look more aesthetically pleasing.
There are many type of Tailor bunion procedures and the proedure depends upon many variables. Dr. McLeod will provide you with a through physical examination and radiographic (x-ray) exam to determine the best procedure for you.
Although some procedures may require a longer post-operative recovery, the most common Tailor’s bunion procedure usually allows the patient to weight bear in a surgical shoe after surgery. The procedure is typically about one hour and performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical center.