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What Is a Bunionette?

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 00:00

Many people have seen, or experienced, a bunion on the big toe. But a less common type of bunion, which can form at the base of the little toe, is often referred to as a bunionette. It can be very painful, especially if it frequently rubs against a tight-fitting shoe. A bunionette usually occurs when the metatarsal bone of the midfoot angles outward and the little toe points inward and becomes deformed at its base. Simple treatments are often successful, such as wearing shoes with a wider toe box, using a toe spacer between the 4th and 5th toe, or simply padding the area to reduce irritation from your shoes. It may also help to do less standing or walking. If these measures fail to bring relief and the pain from a bunionette increases, it is best to consult a podiatrist who can X-ray your foot and offer a treatment plan that is appropriate.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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