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March 31, 2024

What is a Bunionette?

Bunionette pain, or classic tailor’s bunion, is an enlarged or prominent bump that forms on the outside of the foot, near the fifth toe. Most tailor’s bunions are inherited and form as the little toe joint responds to abnormal pressure on the foot from tight calf muscles, restrictive, or flat shoes without support.

Bunionettes can cause major irritation and pain ranging from dull to sharp, and can impact daily activity, similar to bunions.

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How We Treat Bunionettes

We try to recommend conservative bunionette treatment to patients as the first level of care when it comes to treating bunionettes, rather than surgery. Certain conservative methods could do wonders for alleviating the discomfort that comes with bunionettes, but the correct method depends on the individual.

Factors such as the type of foot issues, the patient's age, and the patient's lifestyle all come into consideration when choosing between conservative and surgical options. If a patient chooses conservative treatment and that treatment fails, bunionette surgery should be presented as the next viable option, but it is ultimately up to the patient to decide what is right for them.

Correcting this problem serves two purposes. First and foremost is the pain relief from both the bone pressure and irritated nerve on the outside of the foot and ankle in restrictive shoe gear. But just as popular is also the cosmetic outcome that both removes the unsightly ‘bump’ as well as any skin discoloration.

When it comes to a permanent fix — bunionette surgery is quite simple. The majority of these deformities can be a simple removal of the prominent or sharp edge of bone. This can be performed by a trained foot surgeon at an outpatient surgical facility using very light anesthesia by wide toe box.

The bone structure causing the pressure is either remodeled and smoothed down, or repositioned. Incisions are minimal (an average of 1 cm to 2 cm), sutures are placed under the skin and steri-strips (surgical tape) are removed after two weeks.

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Conservative Bunionette Treatment Options

Conservative measures can be taken to treat bunionettes and relieve some of the pain, such as the following solutions and lifestyle changes:

Wear Different Shoes:

Since the pressure or callus that is formed from the pressure creates foot pain by pressing on the nerves in this area, treatment on the conservative level starts with wider, or more supportive shoes with softer materials on the outside.

Take Medication:

Taking anti-inflammatory medication can temporarily help with the chronic pain that your bunionette causes, but isn’t a long-term solution to healing the bunionette.

Add Padding:

You can purchase cushions and bunionette pads from your local drugstore to wear over the foot and help ease discomfort caused by your bunionette. These layers should be easy and comfortable to wear under shoes for everyday use.

Wear Orthotics or Arch Supports:

Custom orthotics and arch support inserts can also help relieve some of the pressure placed on the outside of the foot, making it more comfortable to walk in shoes without surgical intervention.

Surgical Treatment for Bunionettes

Surgical Treatment for Bunionettes

Post-operative periods for the procedure involve partial to full weight bearing, as well as returning to wearing shoes, in the days after the sutures are removed. If the bone is not only remodeled, but also repositioned, then partial weight bearing is allowed after one to three weeks of non-weight bearing with crutches.

The more serious deformities are usually inherited and can involve an osteotomy, or bone cut, to move the head of the fifth metatarsal bone into a more normal anatomical position. Healing for the osteotomy can take up to eight weeks, and it is recommended not to engage in exercise while weight-bearing for four to six weeks.

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Insurance Coverage for Bunionette Surgery

Navigating insurance coverage for bunionette surgery and treatment can be daunting. At Modern Foot and Ankle, we prioritize making this process as straightforward as possible for our patients. Our dedicated team is committed to assisting you in understanding the specifics of your insurance plan, including coverage for bunionette surgery, potential co-pay amounts, and any exclusions that may apply.

We strive to ensure that you are fully informed about your insurance benefits so you can make the best decisions regarding your bunionette treatment and care. Trust us to guide you through the complexities of insurance to focus more on your recovery and less on the financial aspects.

Why Choose Us

When it comes to addressing bunionette pain and seeking treatment, selecting the right healthcare provider is a pivotal decision. At Modern Foot and Ankle, we distinguish ourselves through our unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional care, personalized treatment strategies, and the utilization of advanced medical practices. Here's a closer look at why we are the preferred choice for patients seeking bunionette treatment and surgery:

Commitment to Excellence

Our practice is built on a foundation of excellence. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards in patient care and medical outcomes. Our specialists continuously stay abreast of the latest advancements in foot and ankle care to ensure you receive the most effective treatment possible.

Personalized Care

Understanding that each patient comes to us with a unique set of needs and concerns, we prioritize creating personalized treatment plans. Our approach is to tailor our care specifically to each individual's situation, ensuring that our treatment recommendations align perfectly with your lifestyle, preferences, and health goals.

Cutting-Edge Treatment Options

Innovation in treatment is at the core of what we do. Our team of foot and ankle surgeons are skilled in both conservative management and the latest surgical techniques for treating bunionettes. Whether you are looking for non-invasive options or require surgical intervention, we are equipped with the knowledge and technology to provide the best possible care.

Patient Education and Transparent Communication

We believe in empowering our patients through education. By providing clear, comprehensive information about your condition and treatment options, we enable you to make informed decisions about your care. Transparent communication is key to our practice; we ensure you have all the information you need every step of the way.

In Summary

  1. Dealing with bunionette pain requires a comprehensive approach that considers the latest in treatment innovations, insurance coverage complexities, and the unique needs of each patient.
  2. At Modern Foot and Ankle, we are dedicated to providing top-tier care, from initial consultation through recovery, ensuring you are supported at every step.
  3. With our expertise in navigating insurance coverage, commitment to personalized treatment plans, and focus on patient education, we are equipped to help you achieve the best possible outcomes for your foot health.
  4. Whether you're exploring conservative bunionette treatment options or require surgery, we're here to guide you towards a pain-free, active lifestyle once again.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.


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What causes a bunionette?

A bunionette is most commonly of genetic origin, unless there is a prior injury to this area. The fifth metatarsal head (prominent bone on the outside of the foot) presses on the nerves in restrictive shoes causing pain.

How long does it take to recover from bunionette surgery?

Bunionette surgery recovery ranges anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks. 3 to 6 weeks without an osteotomy surgical (bone fracture), and 6 to 12 weeks with an osteotomy depending what level of activity the patient performs.

Can you correct a bunionette without surgery?

Some supports or padding can help, but a bunionette correction requires surgery.

How much does bunionette surgery cost?

Bunionette surgery costs the same as bunion surgery — sometimes slightly less since there is rarely a surgical device involved. A low deductible with coverage for the procedures may be the only deductible cost. A high deductible with partial coverage after can become quite expensive. Cash pricing includes hospital costs, anesthesia costs, equipment costs, and surgeon costs.

How do I keep my bunionettes from getting worse?

Preventing bunionettes from getting worse can be done in only a few ways. Since the shoe pressure is the main issue, a wider shoe with expandable fabric can help. Arch supports, or custom molded orthotics can stop pronation and the foot from sliding outwards inside of the shoe.

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Dr. Steven Baker

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Dr. Jacob Huffman

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Dr. Kyle Haverstrom

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Dr. Ryan Haaksma

Advanced training in minimally-invasive procedures and sports medicine. His dedication ensures new techniques in surgical intervention.

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Dr. Tamara Nemeroff

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Dr. Patrick Derby

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Dr. Todd Talbert

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Dr. Dean Sorrento

Excels in advanced nerve decompression and sports medicine. His teaching background enhances patient understanding and care.

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Dr. Melissa Prutch

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Dr. Divyesh Mehta

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Dr. Jacob Ivey

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Dr. Carolina Marquez

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