Tailor’s Bunion

Tailor’s Bunion

Also known as a bunionette, is the minor dislocation of the 5th toe off the 5th metatarsal, exposing the end of the 5th metatarsal.


Use of inappropriately sized footwear, or footwear with narrow toe boxes, pushing the 5th toe out of natural alignment.

Signs and Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms associated with a tailor’s bunion include:

  • Local Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tailor’s bunion-related symptoms can be exacerbated by the use of footwear with a narrow toe box.


Most Tailor’s Bunions can be treated conservatively by restoring proper alignment of the 5th toe. Strategies include:

  • Avoidance of footwear that squeezes or pinches your forefoot.
  • Use of footwear that is widest at the ends of the toes, flat and flexible.
  • Correct Toes to help place the fifth toe in a proper alignment with the fifth metatarsal. With regular use in anatomically shaped footwear, wearing toe spacers for tailor’s bunion can reduce its formation.

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