A long time ago, a bunionette was called a tailor’s bunion because tailors sat cross-legged with the outside of their feet rubbing against the ground. This put pressure on the joint of their fifth toe, or your pinky toe as we now commonly refer to it. Bunionette causes today include heredity and changes to your foot with age, but the main cause is simply wearing shoes that are too tight. If your pinky toe is squished toward the others, it forces the joint outward, resulting in friction from rubbing against your shoe. This constant pressure creates a painful knob on the outside of the foot. The best way to prevent this from happening, is to wear shoes that fit and have plenty of wiggle room.
If you have a bunionette that is causing you pain, ask Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS about treatment options. Call (512) 328-8900, or visit Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX today.
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