A bunionette deformity is an abnormal bony protuberance, or bump, on the outer (lateral) side of the fifth toe or metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ). This problem can start out as small and painless, but then become larger and more painful over time. When bunionettes become larger, it is usually because of growth of the protuberance, a curved shape to the fifth MTPJ, or both. The condition is sometimes called a tailor's bunion.
Bunionette Deformity Correction
Fifth Metatarsal Osteotomy for Bunionette
A bunionette (a.k.a. tailor’s bunion) is a painful bony prominence, or bump, on the outside of the fifth (little) toe. Over time, the bunionette may become worse as the fifth toe moves inward and the fifth metatarsal (the bone connected to it) moves outward. Rubbing between the bump and tight shoes may also cause tough skin to grow over the fifth toe area. There are three types of bunionettes. All can cause pain and pressure on the outside of the foot.
Flexor to Extensor Tendon Transfer (Girdlestone-Taylor)
This surgery is used to treat flexible hammertoe deformity. A hammertoe deformity is one in which the toe is bent and can appear like a hammer. A flexible deformity is one in which the toe can be manipulated into a straight position. This deformity can lead to difficulty with shoewear, corn formation and pain with walking.
A hammertoe is a deformity that causes a toe to become bent upward in the middle so it resembles a hammer. Hammertoes often occur in conjunction with other toe problems. It is possible to develop corns on top of the middle joint of the hammertoe. Patients who have hammertoes try to manage them by treating the symptoms. This involves padding the toe and changing or stretching shoewear for comfort. If you still experience discomfort from the hammertoe you may consider surgery.