What's that bump on the outside of my foot?

A lot of patient's come to the office complaining about bunions. However, did you know that bunions can come on the outside of your foot? Bony prominences on the outside of you foot can be painful and really bother you in you day to day activities. That painful bony prominence is called a Tailor's bunion or "bunionette".  The reason they are called that is because centuries ago, tailors used to sit cross legged and cause a lot of irritation to the area.

Symptoms of a tialor's bunion include pain, redness and swelling while walking. Irritation from wearing the wrong kind of shoes can really affect your daily activities. Patient who experience this will have to undergo a thorough history and physical, full biomechanic exam, and X-rays. Treatment includes wearing the right orthotics, shoe modification and padding. In some extreme cases, surgery may be indicated.

A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that is why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of tailor's bunions, it is always good to have them examined in order to avoid affecting your work or daily activities. Please feel free to contact with any questions.