What Causes Tailor’s Bunions?
Bunions of all sizes have many of the same causes. It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults will experience bunion pain at some point in their lives. Bunions are most commonly caused by:
Improper or Ill-Fitting Footwear
Wearing shoes that are too small can lead to a tailor’s bunion, as well as high heels or narrow shoes that might cramp your toes. Many doctors recommend opting for shoes that have a little extra room in order to avoid cramping toes or complications such as tailor’s bunions that can form as a result of tight footwear. You should also avoid wearing high heels or overly tight and restrictive shoes for an extended period of time in order to avoid bunions and other possible complications.
Medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis that cause bone and joint pain can lead to further complications which include tailor’s bunions. This often occurs because Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause one’s body to attack the lining of the big toe joint, causing ligamentous and joint instability. The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and bunions are very similar, so it can be difficult to diagnose a bunion in these patients without a proper doctor’s visit. If you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis or similar bone and joint conditions, you are at a higher risk for bunions in comparison to those without pre-existing conditions.
While many studies show that bunions themselves are not hereditary, one of the most common causes of bunions is the natural shape of one’s foot, which is caused by genetics. If your natural foot shape places pressure on your big toe, it is likely that you will experience a bunion. There is also the possibility that genes responsible for other foot conditions can be a hereditary cause for bunions. Hypermobility, for example, is a condition that can eventually lead to bunion formation and is genetic. Another risk for bunions that could be genetic is a patient with a tight Achilles tendon. While bunions themselves are not believed to be hereditary, there are many genetic causes that can contribute to the likelihood of one experiencing bunions at a higher rate than others.
Any activity or condition that puts constant pressure or stress on your big toe joint can put you at high risk for bunions.
Treating Tailor’s Bunions
When left untreated, bunion pain can get worse. Bunions that are not removed or treated can hinder people from resuming everyday activities such as walking, driving, and wearing their favorite shoes.
Options for treatment include: