Can I have a bunion on the outside of my foot?

A bunion can occur on the outside of the foot and is commonly known as a Tailor's Bunion. Just as a typical bunion is caused by the shifting of the first metatarsal bone, a tailor's bunion is due to the rotation of the fifth metatarsal.

Just as a bunion is caused by unstable mechanics of the foot, so is a tailor's bunion. It is best to address this condition as early as possible by balancing the mechanics with a custom orthotic. Once a tailor's bunion forms and becomes painful, surgery is often the recommendation for treatment. Catching a tailor's bunion before it is painful and problematic will often avoid the need for surgery.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.