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A simple tailor’s bunion? That’s not always the case.

Tailor’s bunions - the 3-in-one problem

The term tailor's bunion (also called a bunionette) comes from a by-gone day when tailors would sit cross-legged on the floor putting up a hem on a skirt orTailor's bunion coat.  Chronic pressure on the outside (lateral side) of the foot resulted in a sore spot overlying the 5th metatarsal head.  The 5th metatarsal is shaped a wee bit like a dog biscuit; long and slender in the middle and larger on the ends.  The larger, distal end of the 5th metatarsal is called the 5th metatarsal head.  The 5th metatarsal head is the location of a tailor’s bunion.

The most common contributing factor to a tailor’s bunion is lateral bowing of the 5th metatarsal.  As the bone bows or moves away from the 4th metatarsal, the 5th toe has a tendency to be pulled back towards the 4th toe by the extensor (top of the joint) and flexor (bottom of the joint) tendons.   The image to the right is a good example of this.  Under the text 'Tailor's bunion', you can clearly see the extensor tendon and how it is pulling in an eccentric direction.  The pulling on the toe results in poor alignment between the 4th and 5th toes.  This poor alignment often results in a soft corn between the toes or a Lister corn on the 5th toe.  In the image at right, you can see how the 5th metatarsal bows away from the 4th metatarsal and the 5th toe is placed in poor alignment with the 4th toe.

Visco-Gel Little ToeBuddy Bunion GuardTraditionally, a soft corn pad was used to separate the toes to treat a soft corn or Lister corn.  A separate gel or foam tailor's bunion pad was also necessary to protect the 5th metatarsal head.  The Visco-Gel® Little ToeBuddy Bunion Guard® is specifically designed to address both the tailor’s bunion (prominence of the 5th metatarsal head) in combination with a soft corn or Lister corn of the toes.  The soft medical grade silicone gel toe pad stabilizes the toes and recreates proper alignment of the digits.  The Visco-Gel® Little ToeBuddy® Bunion Guard is durable and fits easily into all shoes.

The Visco-Gel® Little ToeBuddy Bunion Guard® is the 3-in-one solution, treating tailor's bunions, soft corns and Lister corns with one pad.

 

 

 

Jeff

Dr. Jeffrey Oster
Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM

Medical Advisor
Myfootshop.com

Updated 9/25/2020

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