A tailor's bunion is a condition that affects the little toe. A bone deformity causes an inward bend and a bump forms where the bones of the toe and foot merge. Tailor's bunions can cause difficulty when walking or wearing shoes. Several methods can successfully treat a tailor's bunion and relieve the pain.
Apply an ice pack to the area to reduce the swelling. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and place on the area for no more than 15 minutes, several times a day.
Ease the pain of a tailors' bunion using over the counter pain medication. If pain continues, a physician may recommend injections into the area for pain management.
Buy new shoes. Bunions often develop and worsen from inappropriate footwear. Search for shoes with wider widths, rounded toes and arch supports to remove pressure on the bunion.
Purchase padding. Shoe insoles and pads offer cushion to the bunion and keep shoes from rubbing against the area.
Correct the deformity. To help realign the bone of the little toe your foot specialist may recommend splints and customized foot inserts (orthotics).
Discuss surgerical intervention with a podiatrist to realign or remove the bone causing a tailor's bunion, the risks associated with surgery and the expected results.
It's best to limit the amount of time spent running and jogging, while treating tailor's bunion. Physical activities may cause excessive stress to the foot area. Surgery may provide relief when the deformity is extensive and impacts your ability to walk and interferes with everyday activities.
Avoid wearing high heels, shoes that pinch the toes or have narrow toe room. Other conditions including arthritis may cause bunions. Consult with your doctor to treat the causes of your tailor's bunion.