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Bump on Your Little Toe? A Tailor's Bunion May Be to Blame

Nearly everyone has heard of a bunion before, but if you've just heard about a "tailor's bunion," there's a good chance you are slightly confused. Is a tailor's bunion the same as a regular bunion? Is a tailor's bunion worse than a regular bunion?

A tailor's bunion is sometimes also referred to as a "bunionette." While bunions develop at the base of the big toe, a tailor's bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the little toe. If you have a tailor's bunion, there will be a prominence at the metatarsal "head," which is at the far end of the bone where it meets the toe. In the grand scheme of things, bunions are far more common than tailor's bunions.

Why Is it Called a "Tailor's" Bunion?

The tailor's bunion got its name from the way tailors used to sit cross-legged while they worked all day on the hard floor. The way they sat put a lot of pressure on the outside of their feet for long periods of time, eventually causing bunions to appear at the base of their little toes.

Causes of Tailor's Bunion in Modern Day

Diagram of Tailor's BunionWe know most tailors aren't really sitting on the floor working anymore, so why do people still develop tailor's bunions? The primary cause is simply due to heredity. People inherit mechanical problems with their feet, causing them to develop certain problems (like tailor's bunion) easier than others. If someone with these inherited issues wears shoes that fit improperly, this can be a huge cause of a tailor's bunion because the shoe can deform the toe, or rub against the little toe.

Signs You May Have a Tailor's Bunion

The telltale signs of a tailor's bunion are redness, swelling, and pain at the base of your little toe. There will also be a protrusion that should be quite apparent.

If you suspect that you're suffering from a tailor's bunion or bunionette, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist immediately to ensure the issue is properly taken care of in a timely fashion. Don't wait to treat problems with your feet, because they will almost always just get worse.

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