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Tailor’s Bunion Advice

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Posted 1 year ago


Last updated: 04/12/2022


by James McCormack

How to get rid of a Tailor’s Bunion without surgery?

Conservative treatment under the guidance of a Physical Therapist is the most effective form of treatment for a Tailor’s bunion. In the acute stages of the injury, it is recommended to apply ice, rest and take anti-inflammatories.

Physical Therapy can address biomechanical abnormalities alongside footwear and insoles recommendations to take the pressure of your Tailor’s Bunion. Tailor’s Bunion correctors can provide effective pain relief alongside gel padding.

Related Article: Best Tailor’s Bunion Correctors

Are Tailor’s Bunion hereditary?

There is considerable evidence that demonstrates forefoot conditions such as a Tailor’s Bunion are hereditary. A regular bunion is the most common among these, and in a study based on 2662 people, a Tailor’s bunion was found to have a 13.8% prevalence amongst families.

Can a Tailor's Bunion be removed?

It is possible to have surgery on a Tailor’s Bunion in the form of an osteotomy. This involves a surgical reposition of the fifth metatarsal but it does not remove a Tailor’s Bunion.

When is surgery required for a Tailor's Bunion?

If you have tried conservative treatment under the care of a Physical Therapist, which considers your gait, footwear, lifestyle, and muscular imbalances, then surgery may be required. In most cases, patients try 1-2 corticosteroid injections, but if they are unsuccessful and the pain has a considerable effect on a patient’s quality of life, surgery may be required.

Tailor's Bunion Diagram

How long is recovery from a Tailor’s Bunionectomy?

It takes 6 months to recover from a Tailor’s Bunionectomy. Immediately post-operation, you will spend 2-4 weeks in a surgical shoe with a rocker sole to reduce any force placed through the joint.

Depending on your surgeon, you usually begin to wean out of the surgical boot between weeks 3-6 and begin Physical Therapy with a full recovery around 4-6 months.

Can I walk with a Tailor’s Bunion?

Yes, you can continue to walk with a Tailor’s Bunion if you do not have any pain. If you have pain when walking, consider shorter distances of 15-20 minutes in duration and do these 3-4 times daily rather than going on a long walk.

Wearing cushioned wide, fitting shoes can help to control your pain levels when walking, and icing your Tailor’s Bunion immediately after your walk is beneficial.

Can I run with a Tailor’s Bunion?

Yes, you can run with an asymptomatic Tailor’s Bunion. We recommend having a running gait analysis to ensure you are wearing the correct type of running shoe in terms of stability, width and size.

Insoles can be helpful when running, especially if you have pain. Suppose you run and your pain deteriorates or the position of your little toe changes. In that case, we recommend you stop running and consider a non-impact activity such as swimming for cardiovascular exercise.

Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

Related Article: Tailor’s Bunion: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment 

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