You may have heard of tailor’s bunions, but what are they? Well, a tailor’s bunion is when the big toe becomes displaced and or misaligned. This can cause pain in your foot and other symptoms like redness or swelling. We’ll discuss what causes tailor’s bunions to develop, how you can identify if you have one, treatment options available to you at home or with a podiatrist, recovery time for surgery (if necessary), and the outlook for tailor’s bunions over time.
What is a tailor's bunion?
A tailor’s bunion is characterized by an enlargement of the joint where your big toe meets your foot. This can cause pain or pressure in your feet, as well as redness and swelling around the joint.
You may be wondering what causes a tailor’s bunion to develop? If you spend lots of time on your feet for work, are an active runner, or have a family history of bunions, you may be more likely to develop this condition.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a tailor’s bunion:
- Pain in your foot
- Redness or swelling around the big toe joint
- Difficulty moving your big toe
- Restricted movement in your ankle or toes
- A bump on the side of your foot
Causes OF TAILOR`S BUNION
A tailor’s bunion is caused by an enlargement of the joint where your big toe meets your foot. This can be hereditary and also exacerbated by activities like running or spending long hours on your feet. Bunions develop when there is extra space in a joint, which causes abnormal pressure and forces other joints to overwork (like those in your foot). This causes the big toe to take on too much pressure and forces it out of place.
Tailor's bunion treatment
There are some at-home ways you can treat your tailor’s bunion pain, without seeing a doctor or visiting the pharmacy. These treatments may not be appropriate for more serious cases of bunions (or if they do not improve symptoms). If home remedies fail to relieve your pain and discomfort, you should see a doctor:
- Ice packs: Applying ice packs to your inflamed or swollen area can help reduce swelling and pain. Place the pack on the affected area for fifteen minutes, three times per day.
- Rest: Limit activities that aggravate your tailor’s bunion and give your feet time to rest. This will help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Medications: Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help control your tailor’s bunion symptoms. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the package for best results, as well as how long you should take it (no longer than five days).
If these treatment options do not improve your symptoms, you may need to see a a qualified foot doctor to discuss your options for foot pain relief. They will likely prescribe orthotics (custom arch supports) or special shoes to help relieve pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. If surgery is necessary, our board certified podiatrists at Your Total Foot Care Specialist
There are a few home treatment options available for those with tailor’s bunions. However, if these treatments do not improve your symptoms or you have a more serious case of the condition, you should see a doctor:
- Orthotics: Orthotics are shoe inserts that can help correct foot alignment and relieve pressure on the bunion. They can be custom-made or purchased over the counter.
- Shoes: Choose shoes that have a wide toe box and low heels. This will help reduce pressure on your bunion and give your foot more room to move.
- Pads: There are also pads available that can be placed over the bunion to help relieve pain.
- Bandages: Wrapping your foot with bandages can help reduce swelling.
For many people, surgery is the only way to completely fix their tailor’s bunions. Recovery time will vary depending on the severity of your surgery and how well you follow your podiatrist’s post-operative instructions. Generally, most people can return to their regular activities within four to six weeks after surgery.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent the development of a tailor’s bunion:
- Wear supportive shoes: Wearing shoes that fit well and provide good support can help reduce pressure on your feet.
- Stretch regularly: Stretching your feet and ankles regularly can help keep them flexible and less susceptible to injury or deformity.
- Avoid high heels: Wearing high heels puts extra pressure on your feet and can aggravate existing bunions.
- See a podiatrist if you notice symptoms: Early diagnosis and treatment are key in preventing the bunion from getting worse. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, see a foot doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.
Treat Bunions at Your Total Foot Care Specialist
Depending on the severity of your tailor’s bunion, you may need surgery to correct it. If so, recovery will depend on how well you follow your foot doctor’s post-operative instructions and any complications that arise during recovery (such as infection). After surgery, most people can return to their regular activities within four to six weeks.
If you do not require surgery, your tailor’s bunion may never get worse. However, it is important to note that there is no guarantee the condition will not progress over time. Taking measures to prevent the development of a tailor’s bunion and seeking treatment if symptoms develop is key in preventing further damage.
At Total Foot Care Specialist, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot conditions like tailor’s bunions. We offer a variety of treatments to help relieve your pain and discomfort, including orthotics, special shoes, pads, and bandages. If surgery is necessary, we can recommend a qualified foot surgeon. Visit us in one of our clinics in Katy, Cypress, Memorial, Galleria, West Houston, or Copperfield today to learn about your treatment options.