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What is a tailor's bunion?

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A tailor's bunion, or bunionette, is a bump protruding from a person's fifth metatarsal bone at the base of little toe, states American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Tailor's bunions are less common than regular bunions, which occur on the inside of the foot. The condition is named tailor's bunion because centuries ago, tailors sat cross-legged all day and developed bumps at the bases of their little toes because of their feet constantly rubbing the ground.

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Symptoms of a tailor's bunion are pain at the site of the enlargement, swelling and redness, notes Northwest Foot & Ankle. Improper footwear is the main cause of tailor's bunions. The fifth toe pushes toward the fourth toe and causes deformity of the fifth toe. Inherited foot problems can also cause a tailor's bunion. A doctor can easily diagnose the deformity because it's a protrusion, and the doctor can view the bone damage by performing an X-ray, notes the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Some ways to get rid of a tailor's bunion are to invest in proper footwear, ice the area and use foot padding, according to American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Oral medication and injection therapy are also available. Corticosteroid injections help reduce inflammation around the affected joint.

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