Bunionette, also known as tailor’s bunion, is a disorder affecting the little toe. It is caused by the inflammation of the fifth metatarsal bone. The condition has almost the same symptoms with bunion. This is called tailor’s bunion because tailors normally sit cross-legged and this mannerism was believed to be the reason for the development of such bunion.
The primary symptoms of tailor’s bunion are redness and inflammation of the little toe. This is normally caused by damaged structure of the foot. The person who has this disorder normally feels pain and is uncomfortable standing or wearing shoes for a long period of time.
The possible treatments one can try other than surgery are as follows:
1. The person suffering from tailor’s bunion can try anti-inflammatory drugs that can help in relieving the pain and inflammation.
2. She may also use padding such as bunionette pads. These pads are placed on the affected area and can help with the reduction of pain.
3. The person may also consider using ice. This can help in reducing the pain and inflammation on the affected area.
4. She can also choose shoes that have wider opening or those that have a wide toe box. She must avoid wearing shoes with high heels or have pointed toes.
5. There are also injections available that a person can choose from, which are intended to treat the inflammation of the affected area. She can ask a pharmacist or his doctor regarding the best injection to use.
If the aforementioned methods don’t work, the person suffering from such condition can opt to undergo a surgery. The surgery can be a painless bunion removal if the right anesthetics are used. Before undergoing the surgery, the surgeon needs to examine the patient to check the kind of deformity the patient has. He must also check other factors such as the patient’s age, lifestyle, activities, etc. This is for the surgeon to have a better understanding on the other possible causes of the patient’s bunion. This can also help the doctor in giving better advise to his patient on what activities he must stop or avoid until he fully recovers from the surgery.
The recovery time from the surgery is dependent on how extreme the case is. After the surgery, the patient must regularly visit his doctor to check the healing of his bones and to determine if the correction has been achieved accordingly. The patient may be advised to wear a post-op shoe. This shoe is intended to keep the foot from bending. It is made up of a hard wooden sole that is meant to protect the toe.