bunion in pinky toe
A bunion can also develop on the little toe or the fifth toe, this condition is known as a "bunionette" or "tailor's bunion." It is caused by the misalignment of the bones in the foot and typically is caused by the same factors that cause a bunion on the big toe, such as genetics, foot shape, and wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes.
Symptoms of a bunionette include:
- Pain and tenderness at the base of the little toe
- Swelling and redness around the bunionette
- Stiffness in the little toe joint
- Difficulty walking or standing
Treatment options for a bunionette are similar to those for a bunion, and include:
- Resting and elevating the affected foot
- Applying ice or a cold pack to the bunionette to reduce inflammation
- Taking over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce pain and inflammation
- Wearing shoes that have a wide toe box and a low heel to reduce pressure on the bunionette
- Using bunion pads or orthotics to help redistribute weight and pressure on the foot
If the bunionette is causing severe pain, difficulty walking, or significant deformity, it's recommended to consult with a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may recommend physical therapy or even surgery.