Treating pain associated with bunionettes

If there is a large gap between the fourth and fifth metatarsal, so that the fifth metatarsal unnaturally points outwards, this condition is called a tailor’s bunion. Foot pain can be eliminated by performing tailor’s bunion surgery.

Bunion surgery takes the source of pain – the affected metatarsal bone – and corrects its position to relieve pain. This forefoot operation is a very successful type of treatment for foot pain in this area of the foot.


Tailor’s bunion surgery: Treatment

During foot surgery, the affected bones – mostly small toe bones or metatarsal bones – are cut with a very thin saw. The deformity is then corrected by moving the affected bones into their appropriate positions and by securing them with wiring or a small screw. This provides for a narrower forefoot or corrected positioning of the small toe. Excess bone is removed as gently as possible.


Tailor’s bunion surgery: After surgery

After tailor’s bunion surgery, which is usually carried out in cases of splayfoot, a special type of orthopaedic shoe will be custom fit to your foot. You should immediately begin to bear full weight on the foot in order for total recovery to occur. The special shoes should be worn for about three weeks after the surgery, to ensure correct positioning of the foot. Around one month after surgery, additional x-rays will be taken to ensure that everything is healing correctly and in the right place. If necessary, the wire that was used to secure the bones may need to be removed. This can be done under local anaesthesia.


Are you suffering from foot pain and considering tailor’s bunion surgery? Schedule your appointment with Professor Lill today and experience an individual and professional orthopaedic consultation on the day of your choice.