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Bunions on the Outside of the Foot

Tailor's bunions, also known as bunionettes, present a unique challenge with a bony lump on the outside of the foot around the small toe joint. While tight and ill-fitting shoes can exacerbate the issue, the exact cause of bunionettes is not fully understood. Inherited factors and the natural shape of foot bones play a significant role in bunionette formation. Causes include previous toe joint injuries, joint hypermobility, age, inflammatory arthritic conditions, tight leg muscles, and neuromuscular conditions. Footwear can also play a significant role. Tailor's bunions can cause discomfort and pain by putting pressure on the joint, bursa, and surrounding nerves. Treatment can include rest and elevation, applying a cold compress, and choosing footwear with cushioned heels, and good arch support. Further, using insoles, engaging in regular stretching and foot exercises, and exploring activities that put minimal pressure on the feet, such as swimming, may help. Weight management may also be beneficial.  Footwear to avoid include wearing high heels and tight shoes, in addition to prolonged standing and walking barefoot on hard surfaces. If you have a bunionette that is causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. 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 offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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