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Tailors Bunion (bunionette)

Introduction to Tailor's Bunion

A tailor's bunion is very similar to a bunion of the big toe joint. As the name suggests this condition was named because a tailor would sit with their legs crossed allowing the outside of the foot to rub against the floor causing irritation and inflammation (swelling).

Understanding this condition

The incidence of a tailor's bunion is much higher in women than in men. There are genetic factors and biomechanical factors, however this condition is commonly thought to be due to shoe fashion. Wearing narrow-toed shoes and high heels may accelerate the formation of the tailor's bunion due to the extra pressure put on the outside of the foot.


Tailors Bunion

Causes of Tailors Bunion

  • Conservative treatment includes using anti-inflammatory oral medications or an injection of medication and local anesthetic to reduce this swelling. The podiatrist may request x-rays but in most cases you can diagnose the condition by a visual examination. The podiatrist may remove any corns or calluses that develop due to the tailor's bunion. It is common to have a corn on the outer aspect of the tailor's bunion due to friction pressure.

    Orthotics such as the Dr Foot Pro Insoles will help to correct any underlying biomechanical problem to and prevent the condition from progressing. Footwear should be changed to broad fitting shoes with a minimum heel. The 1st or 5th toes should not be placed under undue stress in footwear. Their are tailor's bunion alignment splints you can use to correct the condition Although this product was initially designed to be used after tailor's bunion surgery, however, gently stretching the soft tissues around the small toe joint helps prevent the need for surgery.
  • Surgery to correct your tailors bunion may be the best option for you but should be the last option as post operative complications and success rates do vary. The surgical term used for this correction is a tailors bunionectomy. The surgeon can remove the excessive bone or the entire 5th metatarsal head on the outside of the foot or he/she can do something more complicated as a surgical cut made in the bone for correction of the angles of the bones in your foot. The surgeon may place fixation in your foot as it heals which may include a screw, pin, or wires. The joint may need complete removal if it is destroyed.

Treatment for Tailors Bunion

  • The Toe Alignment Splint Special Features: New, thin elastic band fits easily into standard footwear and reduces slippage.

  • Toe straps are softer and will not irritate.
  • Special T-Strap that wraps comfortably around the great toe and fastens easily with hook and loop closures.
  • Soft foam loop straps slide easily over the nail to the base of the toe and is fixed to the metatarsal band.
  • Loop straps can be used to correct Tailor’s Bunion.
  • All this versatility in a latex free, one size fits all design
  • Tailor's Bunion or Bunionette Pad

    Slip on this elastic sleeve for relief from a Bunionette or otherwise known as a Tailor's Bunion. An extra soft and extra thick breathable gel pad offers you tremendous relief.
  • Features & Benefits of 5th Toe Pad:

    *Soft elastic sleeve stretches to conform to your foot, providing a comfortable fit.
    *Extra soft gel pad enhances cushioning to ease pain.
    *It adapts perfectly to the feet thanks to its elastic unit.
    * It doesnt take up space in the shoe.
    * Washable and reusable, dry in air.

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Review: Corrects tailors bunion while you are walking

The soft but sturdy construction of this splint allows for maximum comfort, while splinting the big toe in a straight position.

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