A Bunionette or a Tailor’s bunion forms when the fifth metatarsal and the tissues surrounding the fifth metatarsal are prominent caused by irritation from footwear and altered foot mechanics in a similar way to which a bunion forms on the big toe.
Pain and swelling of the joint occurs which is often accompanied by a bursa (a fluid filled sac formed between the bone and the skin).
Surgical correction of a tailor’s bunion is aimed at reducing the prominence surrounding the fifth metatarsal and reducing the metatarsal angle, surgery is similar to that undertaken to correcting a bunion on a big toe.
- Corrects the toe deformity
- Removes pressure sites
- Removes pressure lesions (Corns)
- Reduces pain
- Improves footwear comfort
Surgical recovery is generally 4 – 6 weeks after which patients can begin to return to normal activities and footwear.