AOFAS: What's a Bunionette?

Jul 23, 2013, 09:00 ET from American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

That bump on your little toe might be a bunionette. Orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs explain treatment

ROSEMONT, Ill., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You may have heard of bunions, but what about bunionettes? Instead of appearing on the big toe the way a bunion does, a bunionette develops at the outside of the little toe. Typically these bony, painful bumps develop after many years of wearing shoes that are too tight. In time, bunionettes may require surgery if conservative treatment fails to relieve pain and discomfort.


Bunionettes are also referred to as tailor's bunions. Centuries ago, tailors sat for long hours on the floor in a cross-legged position while they worked, and this position forced their small toes against the hard floor. This in turn created a constant pressure on the outside toes. Thus the painful, bony bumps that developed were called tailor's bunions.

To learn more about bunionette treatment, visit the Bunionette Deformity Correction page at FootCareMD, the patient education website of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). The FootCareMD site is undergoing an extensive updating process with new treatment articles coming online each week. Check back often for new information on surgical procedures, all explained in detail by orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs.

About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.​

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.

CONTACT: Jennifer Hicks, Public Education Manager,  847-384-4379,

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