Bunionette (Tailors Bunion)

What is a Bunionette (Tailors Bunion)?Tailors Bunion

A bunionette otherwise know as a tailors bunion is an abnormal bony protuberance, or bump, on the outer  side of the fifth toe or metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ).

This problem can start out as small and painless, but can become larger and painful

Causes of a Bunionette

The cause of a bunionette is unknown. Certain factors are though to increase the risk for the development of bunionette including:

  • Genetics
  • Non- Supportive footwear
  • Flat arched feet
  • High arched feet
  • Trauma


Diagnosis of a Bunionette

Diagnosis is generally made with specific signs and symptoms – when the pain occurs and the location of the changes in the toe.

Treatment of a Bunionette

The first line treatment of a bunionette is to eliminate the pressure on the area this can be with

  • Choosing a shoe with a wider toe box
  • Footwear Stretching
  • Offloading the area with padding

If there is no resolution to the pain then surgical management is the next line of treatment



The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including Bunionette. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of a Bunionette servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston