Shown below are the best products designed for bunionette treatment. They are all inexpensive and easy to use.
A package of Dr. Frederick Tailor’s Bunion Pads includes 4 soft gel pads that are super stretchy, so they fit comfortably over your little toe. They peel off easily without leaving an adhesive residue. You can wash them in warm soapy water.
Getting 4 pads in one package for this price is a great deal. Reviews show that these tailor’s bunion pads do a great job at providing pain relief, even if you’ve been on your feet all day.
The current bestselling toe separators are YogaToes Gems. These are made of 100% medical grade gel, just like the regular YogaToes that have been popular for so long.
Glowing reviews tell of the wonderful stretching YogaToes Gems provide that results in significant relief from bunion pain, from bunionettes as well as big toe bunions. Some women report needing to wear YogaToes Gems for as little as 15 minutes to 30 minutes a night; others wear them for as much as a few hours.
Please note that you do not walk around when wearing YogaToes Gems. Just prop your feet up and enjoy your favorite TV program while this toe stretcher works wonders for your toes.
More Pads for Bunionettes
Here’s another popular option for protective pads for a pinky toe bunion : DenadaDance Tailor’s Bunion Pads.
These pads have basically the same design as the ones above, with similar positive reviews, but a lifetime guarantee is offered with your purchase. 3 pads come in this package.
Treating a Bunionette
The first step to take when treating a bunionette or pinky toe bunion is to quit wearing shoes that are too narrow or point, no matter how cute they are. Such shoes will only make your little toe bunion worse. Even cute shoes aren’t worth that, are they?
Ice compresses can be used to reduce redness, swelling, and pain.
Exercises that separate and stretch your toes help with correcting toe alignment; toe stretchers like YogaToes discussed above are great because they do the exercising for you.
Also, when wearing shoes, you definitely want to use products like pads and shields.
A bunionette is a little bump at the base of the little toe at the fifth metatarsal joint. It will show up at this spot on the outside of the little toe.
You may call this bunion a “pinky toe bunion” because of its location on your foot. A bunionette or pinky toe bunion has another name as well is also known as a tailor’s bunion. (Read further down this article to see where this name came from.) All three common terms are used in this article.
The development of a bunionette is very similar to the development of a bunion on the big toe. And it can eventually cause just as much pain.
The same conditions of too much pressure, too much squeezing together of the toes because there isn’t enough room, are the primary causes of this bump developing on your side of your little toe.
The fact is that shoes that give your forefoot plenty of room are extremely important to the prevention of bunions. Your toes are not supposed to be squeezed tightly together. In our western society, women favor shoes that do exactly that. Of course, men’s shoes do not do that, or rather don’t to nearly the same degree. This is why the prevalence of bunions is so much higher in women than in men; some estimates say as much as 10 times higher.
For a more extensive article about the causes of bunions, read the home page of this site.
In addition, the same hereditary issues such as flat feet discussed on the home page can lead to the development of a tailor’s bunion as well as one on the big toe. These hereditary issues, which should be discussed with a foot specialist, present an tendency or likelihood for the development of this disorder, making it doubly important that shoes with sufficient room are always worn.
A woman may be born with a certain foot structure that predisposes her to develop bunions, but she may go through her whole life without experiencing any foot problems at all. But if as an adult she wears too tight shoes too much of the time, a bunion is very likely to develop.
If you are experiencing any kind of redness, swelling, tenderness, or pain around the small toe, especially at the metatarsal joint at the base of the little toe, you may very well have a bunionette.
For some people a bunionette isn’t really a problem if they are going barefoot (although how often does anyone do that, except at home), or if they wear wide sandals that are open around the toes. But it isn’t always practical to wear sandals, is it? Most of the time, you just need to wear regular shoes. And when you do so, pinky toe pain can be a dull ache that you try to ignore, or it can be an intense pain that is impossible to ignore.
Unfortunately, just like bunions on the big toe, bunionettes or tailor’s bunions are a progressive deformity, meaning that they will only get worse over time if not attended to. They do not go away by themselves.
This means that have to take protective measures for your feet right away if you suspect the development of a bunion, no matter which toe it is on. Failing to do so can not only make your foot pain worse, but can aggravate your condition and make it progress faster.
More on Bunionette Treatment
If the measures described at the beginning of this article do not provide the pain relief you need, your doctor may prescribe oral anti-inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids into the toe. Injections of corticosteroids are not a pleasant experience, but if you are at this point, you will want to try everything before resorting to foot surgery.
If changing shoes is not an adequate solution, and protective guards, cushions, or medications do not provide enough help and relief, then bunion surgery will be the next option to seriously consider.
Bunion surgery, whether for a bunion on your big toe or on your pinky toe, is also known as a “bunionectomy,” which literally means the surgical removal of a bunion.
Surgery for a tailor’s bunion is similar to a regular bunionectomy. Also, the same concerns apply for recovery for a bunionette as they do for surgery for a big toe bunion. Keeping the foot elevated and the swelling down with ice will be essential, or your recovery from surgery could be extended to several months.
Where Did the Name “Tailor’s Bunion” Come From?
The name “tailor’s bunion” is derived from the Renaissance era which began in the early 1400s in Europe. This dynamic period saw the beginnings of the fashion industry as we know it today.
Before this time, only the very highest levels of society had the luxury of viewing clothes as adornment and not just as protection from the elements. The growth of the upper and middle classes during the Renaissance and the creative explosion that characterized this era resulted in the development of the occupation of tailor, or one who sewed patterns of cloth into clothes.
Before this time, clothes were sewn only in homes by the females living there, but the Renaissance saw rise of a profession of tailor, who did nothing but sew clothes for other people to purchase. The typical position of tailors was to sit cross-legged on the floor of a shop for long periods of time while they worked. The outside of their feet would be rubbed on the floor (with their little toes pushed against the fourth toes) so intensely that bumps – bunions – developed.