Tailor's Bunion

Tailor's Bunion Deformity

A Tailor’s bunion is like a bunion deformity but occurs on the outside of the forefoot and involves the fifth metatarsal and little toe. The metatarsal moves towards the outside of the foot with the little toe moving towards the inside of the foot, the reverse of a bunion. The joint becomes prominent and rubs onto footwear and due to the poor alignment of the joint pain can also occur from the joint itself.

Tailor’s bunions can be managed by wearing a roomy shoe but if this fails to manage the problem surgery may be required. Surgery involves cutting and re-positioning the bone back into the foot. The bone is held together with screws.

Right foot view moderate sized bunion deformity and tailor’s bunion of the 5th metatarsal

Left foot showing correction of a bunion deformity and tailor’s bunion with screw fixation