The symptoms of a bunionette (also known as a “Tailor’s” Bunion) are pain and swelling at the base of your pinky or fifth toe.
A bunionette is an actual enlargement of bone.
What causes bunionettes?
Bunionettes are often caused by a combination of excessive foot movement or long-term use of excessively narrow and rigid footwear.
When the foot overly pronates, excessive torsional forces are created throughout the metatarsal bones. These torsional forces through the 5th metatarsal result in an excessive “rubbing” of the lateral edge of the metatarsal head against the shoe, which creates intermittent pressures and friction that result in the formation of the bunionette.
The change in the size and shape of bones is accompanied by damaging, soft tissue stress that becomes inflamed and painful.