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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Getting Relief for a Bunionette | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Getting Relief for a Bunionette
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Getting Relief for a Bunionette | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Although it sounds like a bunionette might be a small bunion it’s actually a bunion that’s located at the base of your little toe rather than your big toe. Bunionettes also go by the name of tailor’s bunions because many centuries ago when tailors used to sit cross legged on the ground to do their work they would develop these bumps on the outside of their pinky toes as a result of the constant rubbing on that part of the foot. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we treat bunionettes similarly to how we treat bunions.

What Causes a Bunionette?

Also similar to bunions, most bunionettes are caused by an inherited defect in the structural mechanics of the foot. This results in the toe drifting inward, forcing the bone out of place and causing the bony bump to form on the outside of the toe. In some cases, the tailor’s bunion forms from a bone spur that grows out of the side of the metatarsal bone. As the bunionette grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to wear shoes without having them rub on the bunion, causing pain and irritation.

Treatment Options

A bunionette is a progressive condition. Non-invasive treatments have two goals: relieving pain and inflammation and slowing the growth of the deformity. The only way to remove a bunionette is through surgery. This is usually done only if the deformity is severe or if other treatments have failed to bring relief.

The first step is to have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel, examine your foot. The bunionette is usually visible and fairly obvious but the foot doctor may still order an x-ray to see how far the bone has moved out of place. Treatment options include:

  • Medications—corticosteroid injections and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help inflammation and pain
  • Icing the bunionette—this will also help with pain and inflammation
  • Padding—strategically placed over the bunionette padding can prevent footwear from rubbing on it and doing more damage to the skin
  • Custom orthotics—these are devices that get inserted into your shoe and can help shift the weight away from the affected area


Without treatment, a bunionette is most likely going to get worse. If you have noticed a bunionette forming on the outside of your little toe or are just experiencing pain in that area, contact our Aberdeen office at: 732-566-2841 for an appointment.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Getting Relief for a Bunionette, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen