How to Treat a Tailor's Bunion

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How to Treat a Tailor's Bunion
Treat a Tailor's Bunion

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ice pack
  • Towel
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Foot insoles or pads
  • Bunion splints or orthotics

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Purchase padding. Shoe insoles and pads offer cushion to the bunion and keep shoes from rubbing against the area.

  5. 5

    Correct the deformity. To help realign the bone of the little toe your foot specialist may recommend splints and customized foot inserts (orthotics).

  6. 6

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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