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Bunionette: What Is This Bump on My Pinky Toe?

Put –ette at the end of the word and we automatically think of a daintier version of the root word. For instance, we all know Smurfette and the Chipettes. Have you ever heard of a bunionette?

A bunion is a big problem—pain, shoe discomfort, and overall irritation results. A bunionette is a similar condition that is smaller in size, but packs a similar punch when it comes to the health of your feet.

Also known as a “tailor’s bunion,” this particular misalignment affects the outside of the foot near the small toe. Today’s mechanized world leaves little room in our imaginations for a time when a tailor would sit cross-legged to do his work. However, that is exactly what led to this foot condition’s nickname.

Just as high-heels don’t cause bunions, you don’t have to be a tailor to experience the discomfort of a bunionette. The protrusion often appears as a person ages, due to the natural widening and flattening of the feet. Shoes with a wider toe box may resolve the discomfort for some people.  Other conservative measures include custom orthotics and pads. Surgery is always a last resort.

If you suspect this foot deformity, talk to the award-winning experts of Absolute Foot Care Specialists. Dr. Levine will evaluate your feet and find the best conservative treatment options for your unique situation. Always aware that your time is valuable, our office runs on an on-time, every time approach.  Call one of three convenient Las Vegas locations, or request an appointment online.  Don’t wait—end your foot pain now!

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