The bunionette, or tailor’s bunion, is a painful osseous
prominence on the lateral aspect of the head of the fifth metatarsal.
This prominence occurs in many individuals but seldom causes symptoms.
Orthotic devices may be useful if a symptomatic bunionette results
from excessive pronation of the subtalar joint.
Operative management to decrease the width of the foot and the
osseous prominence is indicated when nonoperative treatment can
no longer control symptoms and when the patient has special demands, particularly
A proximal osteotomy is able to correct most deformities. A distal
osteotomy is recommended if medial translation of the head for one-third
of the width of the metatarsal shaft produces a normal fourth-fifth