Tailor's Bunion

A tailor's bunion can cause foot pain and discomfort that makes it feel impossible to walk or even wear shoes. 

The expert team at North County Foot & Ankle Specialists offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment to help you walk pain-free again.

Reach out now to request your consultation at our Escondido, CA, office.

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How to Know You Are Suffering

From Tailor's Bunion

If you are struggling with any of the following symptoms, you should request a consultation at our Escondido, CA, podiatry office.

  • Bony lump at the pinky toe joint
  • An inability to comfortably wear shoes
  • Pain and swelling around the bony lump
  • Pinky toe unnaturally veering towards fourth toe
  • Inflammation, swelling, or hardened skin on the lump

These Factors Make It More Likely To Develop This Deformity

Tailor's bunion has a variety of potential causes. These include:

  • A longer metatarsal bone
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Footwear that is too tight
  • Physical trauma to toe joints
  • Overly flexible joints
  • Rheumatoid/psoriatic arthritis
  • Muscle tightness in the legs
  • Neuromuscular conditions

We Can Provide Nonsurgical Treatment

The majority of bunion cases can be resolved without surgical intervention. After accurately diagnosing your tailor's bunion, we may move forward with any of the following non-invasive solutions:

New Footwear

Tailor's bunion symptoms can often be minimized by changing to properly fitting footwear. Our expert surgeons can help you pick out shoes that do not squeeze your toes. We can also discuss using a shoe stretcher to ensure your toes have optimal space.

Shoe Padding

It is possible to treat tailor's bunion with silicone pads that are placed inside shoes to provide cushion around the deformity.


We can provide custom-made shoe inserts known as orthotics, as well as toe spacers or a splint to be worn at night.


Certain medications can reduce pain and reduce swelling. Depending on your needs we may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or arthritis drugs.

We May Recommend Surgery If Needed to Relieve Pain


If your symptoms do not respond to any of the non-invasive solutions described above, will likely recommend surgery to correct your tailor's bunion. This will remove the extra bone and realign the muscles and ligaments. 

There Are Various Actions to Avoid While Awaiting Treatment

It is wise to avoid the following behaviors while awaiting your appointment with our Escondido team:

  • Walking or standing for extended periods
  • Wearing high heels or tight pointy shoes
  • Using footwear with no support, like flip-flops
  • Walking on hard surfaces in bare feet
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North County Foot & Ankle Specialists

The team of compassionate podiatrists at North County Foot & Ankle Specialists in Escondido, CA, can provide the care you need to address sports injuries, pain, and other general foot and ankle conditions. Our doctors are members of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Podiatric Medical Association
  • The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • The American Board of Podiatric Medicine

To schedule an appointment at our Escondido office, contact us online or call (760) 745-1226.

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