Bunionettes are also known as tailor bunions because years ago, tailors sat cross-legged all day, putting pressure on the side of their foot. Today, pressure from poor fitting shoes is a common cause of bunionettes, as well as inherited bone structure problems. There are a variety of non-surgical options for treating bunionettes. If such treatments fail, surgery may be necessary.
A bunionette occurs when the bones at the base of the little toe move out of position. Long-term irritation causes an enlargement that looks like a bump on the little toe.
Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. Your doctor may inject corticosteroid medication to reduce inflammation around the joint. You may also receive instructions for applying ice packs to the area.
If non-surgical treatments fail, surgery may be necessary to allow pain-free movement and function. Bunionette surgery is used to realign the bones and joint. During surgery, the toe is placed in the correct position and the bump is removed. Following surgery, the bones are held in position with surgical hardware while they heal. Bunionette surgery is usually an outpatient procedure.
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