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By Audrey Snell, DPM
November 04, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: bunion   Kardashian   six   toes   extra   kim   tailor's   bunionette  

There were rumors that Kim Kardashian has a SIXTH TOE on her left foot! This is always a possibility; however, it is nothing but a tailor’s bunion. Kim won’t be paying extra for her pedicures after all!


What is a Tailor’s bunion?

A tailor's bunion, also called a bunionette, is a prominence of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe.

It is usually caused by a biomechanical instability in the foot – the way that you walk. The fifth metatarsal bone starts to move outward, while the little toe moves inward. This creates a bump on the outside of the foot.

More rarely, a tailor’s bunion can be an outgrowth of bone on the side of the fifth metatarsal head.

Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of a tailor’s bunion are usually aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe, producing constant rubbing and pressure.

It is easily diagnosed because the protrusion is visually apparent. X-rays may be ordered to help the foot and ankle surgeon determine the cause and extent of the deformity.


Treatments include wearing shoes that are wider in the toe box, padding the area, NSAIDs and icing with possibly a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation, and orthotic devices to control the biomechanics of your foot to prevent the deformity from worsening.


Surgery is often considered when pain continues despite conservative treatment. There are different surgeries that can be performed depending on the case.


For more information and for an evaluation of your feet, give the office a call to make an appointment! 


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By Dr. Samuel Adegboyega
March 06, 2013
Category: Deformities
Tags: footwear   big toe   flat feet   bunion   shoes  

Ever notice a bump sticking out of the side of your big toe joint? It could be a bunion. This bump is much more than what you see on the outside of your foot, inside is where the real damage is! So what exactly is a bunion?

A bunion gradually forms as your big toe moves out of place. The entire structure of the front of the foot is changed. The tendons near the big toe also become distorted as the bones shift out of the proper location. The bony bump on the joint of the toe grows larger the more the big toe bends toward the smaller toes. If it’s left untreated, the big toe could ultimately overlap the second toe.

This deformity can be very painful! Many people suffering from bunions experience pain from constant irritation, friction and rubbing of the bump against their footwear. This causes the skin over the toe to become sore and red. Your joint flexes with every step you take, so the larger the bunion becomes, the more it could hurt to walk.

So what are the causes? The main culprits are high heels, ill-fitting shoes, inherited foot type, foot injuries and deformities at birth. Bunions also develop frequently in flat feet.

If you think you have a bunion and want more information on treatment, take a look at our video library, or call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-FOOT to schedule an appointment with Drs. Theall and Sam. Remember, never ignore a bunion, it won’t go away on it’s own!