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What is a Tailor’s Bunion?

Tailor's bunions, also known as bunionettes, are bony protrusions that develop on the outside of the foot at the base of the little toe. Similar to traditional bunions, they can cause pain, inflammation, redness, and difficulty wearing certain shoes. Tailor's bunions are often caused by pressure and friction, leading to the misalignment of the fifth metatarsal bone and the little toe. The discomfort and limitations caused by tailor's bunions can significantly impact one's quality of life, especially in terms of footwear choices and mobility. Simple activities such as walking or standing can become painful and challenging. If you have such a bunion and it is causing severe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for interventions that can help.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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